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Brian Hoyer: Yoga, meditation 'has really helped me'

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Brian Hoyer: Yoga, meditation 'has really helped me'

"It's something that I feel has really helped me."

49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer is buying what his head coach is selling.

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch wrote a story about how Kyle Shanahan practices meditation and yoga to deal with the stress and rigors of his job.

Hoyer was asked about the topic Wednesday morning on KNBR 680.

"It's something that I really enjoy because it's about being mindful and being in the moment," Hoyer said. "And in this profession, you can get so caught up and so wrapped up and there's pressure all the time.

"And that's not a way to live life. So, it's about being where you are. So when I'm at home, I'm at home with my wife and kids and I'm enjoying that time. And when I'm at work, I'm here at work and working and taking time to meditate and just kind of clear your head.

"And as far as the yoga -- it's something that we do weekly and I think it's great not only for the mental aspect, but to stretch out and get some of that type of work involved into your routine.

"It's very what you might call 'new school' ... for me as a quarterback, of course I have to lift and be strong and be able to take hits. But I also need to be flexible enough to be able throw the football and be able to move around.

"You would train your body, why wouldn't you help train your mind, too? We have an app on our phone and you can go to it when you need it. I try to do it every day -- sometimes there's not always enough time in the day."

And in case 49ers fans weren't aware of this:

“In the offseason, I’m much more mellow, and in the season, I’m very intense,” Shanahan told The Chronicle. “That does help you to a degree. I think that’s one of those things that can make you successful.

"But once you cross that line, you’re thinking too much. You need something to help balance you out. Those type of things have always helped me.”

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

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49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

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Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.