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Moss is part of Aldon Smith's support group

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Moss is part of Aldon Smith's support group

SANTA CLARA -- After two significant offseason incidents, 49ers second-year player Aldon Smith said he must surround himself with good people.One of those people is NFL veteran and 49ers newcomer Randy Moss.Moss has spent considerable time talking to Smith, 22, about conduct off the field, a source close to Smith told CSNBayArea.com. Moss reported to training camp on Wednesday -- a full day ahead of his required report date.
In addition, Smith's mother has spent a lot of time in the Bay Area with her son, and 49ers veteran defensive lineman Justin Smith has spoken extensively with the second-year player, the source said.Aldon Smith said he he has received full support from the entire 49ers organization."I've talked to Aldon and that conversation is private," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Friday. "Aldon doesn't need to re-read the same exact thing that I told him quoted in your newspaper."Said Aldon Smith, "Letting everybody down was probably the saddest part."
Moss has been a major part of the 49ers' support group.During his first meeting with the media since the day he signed a one-year contract on March 12, Moss spoke about his role on and off the field with the 49ers. He was not asked specifically about Aldon Smith."When I first came into this league, I didn't really understand everything that goes on with the NFL," said Moss, 35, a 13-year NFL veteran. "Now that I've matured physically and mentally, my philosophy is I do not like what the NFL does for me. I want to know what I can do to make the NFL better. If that's teaching the young guys and showing guys my professionalism and bringing leadership on and off field, that's what I'll do."If we have that mindset, it'll make it a better league. The league has blessed me and my family, and I'm very fortunate to be in a position I'm in. I like what I can do for the league, not what the league can do for me."Smith was arrested on suspicion of DUI this offseason in Miami. The charge was dropped, he told CSNBayArea.com. The Sacramento Bee reported Smith qualified for a program to reduce the charges to reckless driving.Last month, Smith hosted a house party that got out of control in unincorporated San Jose in which there were two gunshot victims. Smith sustained stab wounds to his shoulder and abdomen from a small knife as he tried to break up a fight, a source told CSNBayArea.com. He spent 2 12 hours in an emergency room to close the wounds with staples.The investigation is ongoing, a Santa Clara Sheriff's Department spokesman said. No suspects have been identified.

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.