Crabtree's cleats aren't his sole focus


Crabtree's cleats aren't his sole focus

PROGRAMMING ALERT: 49ers Central featuring Michael Crabtree airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

As Michael Crabtree walked off the field in Seattle after the 49ers secured a 19-17 win on Dec. 24, he stopped near the entrance to the tunnel, took off his cleats and gave one shoe each to separate fans in the crowd who happened to be wearing his jersey.A Christmas present, Crabtree was heard to say. The receiver then proceeded to the locker room in his socks.A dynamic receiver on the field, Crabtree's game day attire is grabbing almost as much attention as his play. The three-year veteran closets an extensive shoe collection which includes a season's worth of new cleats.He'll often tweet out photos of his favorite custom cleats, like the pink and white pair he sported in October during the NFL's campaign to raise awareness for breast cancer. He chooses a new pair for every game which he complements with a matching pair of gloves. He never wears the same cleats twice.Crabtree explained to me his thought process when it comes to selecting his ensemble during a sit down interview in which he's the focus of the player profile for this week's 49ers Central."With the Niners, I really can't do too much. So I'm thinking you got black, you got your white and red, your white and black, your black and red. It depends on how you're feeling," Crabtree said. "If we're playing on Sunday, I'm picking Sunday morning right then and there. Right before the game I lay my outfit out. You know how you've got the first day of school? You lay your outfit out, put the shoes right there. I pretty much do that on Sunday morning."This week, Crabtree will make that decision on Saturday morning, as the 49ers play the New Orleans Saints at 1:30 p.m. in an NFC divisional playoff game.Most telling of Crabtree's mindset is that he did not have a special pair of cleats designed for the game, even though it's San Francisco's first playoff appearance since the 2002 season.Crabtreee says the game is not big enough to warrant a custom pair. He's waiting for something bigger. He's waiting for the Super Bowl.

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


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


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.