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49ers legend Frank Gore calls Joe Staley, himself ultimate sports duo

49ers legend Frank Gore calls Joe Staley, himself ultimate sports duo

We’re all figuring out creative ways to stay busy during this unprecedented time amid the coronavirus outbreak. With no live sports to pass the time, social media has been a great resource to stay connected to one another.

Athletes themselves often have taken to Twitter to take a trip down memory lane. 

After Bovada's Twitter account posed the question, "Who is the ultimate sports duo?", 49ers legendary running back Frank Gore chimed in with a submission for himself and lineman Joe Staley:

They’re more than simply #BFFs, of course. 

Staley, a six-time Pro Bowl tackle, says Gore has been a huge influence on his career. And although Gore’s final game with San Francisco was at the end of 2014, when the 49ers went to Super Bowl LIV this year, he wanted to give a shoutout to his former teammate and congratulate him on a trip to Miami.

Gore was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the 2005 draft, and has spent the majority of his 15-season career wearing the red and gold. He was Staley's teammate for eight seasons, before leaving for the Colts in 2015.

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In ten seasons with the 49ers, Gore totaled 13,956 yards with 75 touchdowns, and earned all five of his Pro Bowl selections.

That more than constitutes as a strong sports duo. 

49ers look to draft defensive lineman after trading away DeForest Buckner

49ers look to draft defensive lineman after trading away DeForest Buckner

NBC Sports Bay Area will preview the NFL Draft with a look at the 49ers’ top needs, profiles of prospects that might fit their needs, along with some hidden gems. In this installment we examine why the 49ers have a need at defensive line.

General manager John Lynch highlighted his plan a year ago to build a dominant defensive line.

The 49ers accomplished that goal with the additions of Nick Bosa and Dee Ford to go along with DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead as the headliners.

The defensive line still is one of the strengths of the 49ers, but it might not be as dominant without Buckner, the team MVP who was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts in a trade for the No. 13 overall draft pick.

The 49ers still have good depth on the defensive line, but they found out a year ago that a team can never have too many big-bodied players across the front line. Injuries took a toll on the 49ers, with Ronald Blair, D.J. Jones, Jullian Taylor, Kentavius Street and Damontre Moore going on injured reserve.

Armstead, Bosa and Jones figure to be on the field for most base downs. Ford will play some early downs, but he is best saved for pass-rush situations.

Solomon Thomas and Blair, who is coming off a torn ACL, should have significant roles, too. Taylor, Street, Kerry Hyder and Kevin Givens will compete for roles in the rotation.

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The 49ers are scheduled to have first-round picks at Nos. 13 and 31 overall. Then, they do not have another selection until the fifth round. The 49ers’ two picks on Day 1 gives Lynch some opportunities to move around.

While most of the attention for the 49ers’ first pick has been on the wide receivers, it is entirely possible a defensive lineman could factor into the 49ers’ thinking on Day 1.

Will Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown still be available at No. 13? That’s probably unlikely. But if he’s there, would he be at the top of the 49ers’ list ahead of the best-available wide receiver?

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Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina) is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round. Or, perhaps, later in the round, the 49ers could go after Ross Blacklock (TCU), K'Lavon Chaisson (LSU) or A.J. Epenesa (Iowa).

The 49ers do not necessarily need a player to step in and replace Buckner, who played more snaps than any other lineman during his four seasons with the club. But the 49ers can use a player who can play a specified role early in his career to enable the club to better move on without Buckner.

Ever wonder who iconic 49ers fan behind 'Banjo Man' persona is?

Ever wonder who iconic 49ers fan behind 'Banjo Man' persona is?

Editor's note: Every Tuesday and Thursday during this sports hiatus, we'll answer questions that Bay Area sports fans long have debated in "Ever Wonder?" Fourth up in the series: Who is the famous "Banjo Man?"

If you've attended a 49ers game at any point over the last 37 years, chances are you've seen, heard or otherwise encountered the icon known as "Banjo Man."

Wielding a banjo in his hands and a rainbow propeller hat atop his head, Stacy Samuels has been entertaining 49ers fans at games for the vast majority of the last four decades. From Candlestick Park to Levi's Stadium, he hasn't missed a home game or a single playoff game. He has attended four Super Bowls in which the 49ers were participants, and another six where he was -- in his own words -- "their lone representative."

In his capacity as Banjo Man, Samuels has met numerous 49ers greats, including Steve Young, Jerry Rice and Roger Craig. But he says the most rewarding aspect of his experience has been the friendly exchanges he has had with countless other 49ers fans at games over the years.

He has become such a popular fixture at 49ers games that other people have gotten tattoos of his likeness, which he thinks is pretty darn cool.

"Even when I die, I'll still be living in the flesh," Samuels explained.

You can learn all about the legend of Banjo Man in the video above.

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