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49ers safety Antone Exum pays homage to Colin Kaepernick in latest song

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49ers safety Antone Exum pays homage to Colin Kaepernick in latest song

Although it has been a while since they have spoken, 49ers safety Antone Exum Jr., hopes that his song ‘Officer Kaepernick’ makes it’s way back to the former NFL quarterback. 

Exum told NBC Sports Bay Area that his song, which will be released July 12th at midnight, was written approximately two years ago. Exum explained that the lyrics are his own interpretation regarding issues of social injustice as opposed to a direct endorsement of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. 

“This song is basically a soundtrack,” Exum said. “If his movement and why he took knee had a score or soundtrack, it would be this song, that’s why I named it that. I just thought it was well suited to the song because the issues I’m talking about, are part of the reason he’s taking a knee. 

“This song is an artistic expression of where I was at at that time with my frustration.” 

Exum met Kaepernick while both were training in Arizona as their professional football careers began. He is not surprised that the former signal-caller has become a social icon. 

“You know, he was actually doing some community work and things like that,” Exum said. “I think I remember conversations about that. He’s morally a good guy, I believe. So, I wasn’t really surprised by him taking a knee or taking the stance that he’s taken.” 

While Exum expressed frustration regarding corruption in the government, courts, police, and prison systems, he wanted to be very clear that there are many individuals who are not part of the problem and have a positive affect on society. 

“This song is not to ignore the fact that we do have great police officers and government officials in our country,” Exum said. “This song is not for them, but whichever side you fit on, I still love you and won’t forsake you."

While Exum and Kaepernick share similar opinions regarding social injustice, the 49ers defensive back has his own belief in how to incite positive change. 

“Me personally, I wouldn’t take a knee, or I won’t be taking a knee after the song comes out or anything like that,” Exum said. “That sounds kind of contradictory, but I do understand why he did something so drastic. 

“Sometimes people have to do drastic things to bring light to a situation that there is no light on, or that people really aren’t paying attention to. I think at this point, I stand with us being unified. I wouldn’t take a knee for that reason because it would go against my belief in unity."

While Exum won't be taking a knee like Kaepernick, he hopes to inspire many people through his music.

“My highest goal with music is to obtain more of a voice to change the world for the better,” Exum said. “I think I can speak on some of the injustices like I’m doing in the song without having to seclude myself.” 

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Exum also released a song titled "4 to the 9" that is about the 49ers. It refers to several players on the team, mostly on the defensive side of the ball. 


4 To The 9
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Out there in the bay, and it look like a Rafe
Hold up there go Sherm, he keep straps at his place (Richard)
Went a copped a K then I copped another K (K’Waun)
When you in the field best believe it ain’t safe

If it’s on my plate I’ma’ scrape wit’ a spoon (Spoon)
Everywhere I go Elephant in the room
But I’m off the leash like I broke out a zoo
Bodies start to drop I can’t risk the platoon

Aimin’ for the chest, hit his top like a shroom (Target area)
How he playin’ ball but his tape droppin’ soon
I got time for it
I’m aligned for it
Who you wit’?
When I see a 4 I keep a 9 for it (Protect the team)

4 to the 9
Gang till’ I die
Shorty say she wanna go downtown wit’ the guys

Tell me if you scared, watch em’ bleed from the bench
All my opps hang, I let John do the Lynch (GM)
When I take a soul on my knees I repent
And I keep a bag for the fees that I spent (Fines)

Water wet stones, like they rolled out a drencho
Shoutout Louie V Off-White for the trench doe
Pay me Jimmy Gs (Jimmy G)
I need help, help please
X on the edge like D-Fo in his cleats (Buckner)

You on E-man, all gas leave-van (Mosley)
They like what’s your role, certified steez man
I think that’s your wife lookin’ like a de-man
That’s my number one, number two she-fan

4 to the 9
Gang till’ I die

Shorty say she wanna go downtown wit’ the guys

49ers injury report: Game-time decision if Dee Ford will play vs. Steelers

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49ers injury report: Game-time decision if Dee Ford will play vs. Steelers

Defensive end Dee Ford is feeling better after sitting out the second half of the 49ers’ game last week against the Cincinnati Bengals with discomfort in his knee and quadriceps, coach Kyle Shanahan said.

“Hopefully, he’ll be feeling good on Sunday,” Shanahan said. “He said he felt good. He looked good walking through. But I know that’ll go all the way up to Sunday.”

Ford, who is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, sat out practices Wednesday and Thursday. He was scheduled to take part in limited practice on Friday, but the 49ers dialed back their planned practice to a walk-through at their Santa Clara facility because of the high intensity of the practices earlier in the week.

“I know he’s feeling better now than he has the last few days, but he’s still not fully there, yet,” Shanahan said of Ford. “We’ll see how these last 48 hours go. Hopefully, they go well. If it does, I know he feels confident to go out there, especially with time off the following week.”

The 49ers face the Steelers on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. After the game, the club will have a bye week before returning to action on Monday, Oct. 7, against the Cleveland Browns.

Rookie defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle), and safeties Jaquiski Tartt (toe) and Jimmie Ward (hand) are also listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. Bosa and Tartt are expected to play, while Ward is likely to miss his third consecutive game to open the season.

Shanahan said he expects rookie wide receiver Jalen Hurd to be available after the bye week. Hurd has sat out five weeks with a back condition.

“He’s on track,” Shanahan said of Hurd. “We’ll see how it is once we get back from the bye week. I know he has a lot of work to do when we all get away from here a little bit for the four days. It’ll be big the work he puts in when we’re away. We expect him to be ready when we get back.”

The 49ers will not have the services of wide receiver Trent Taylor for at least eight weeks after he underwent surgery to repair a Jones fracture on his right foot. The bone has healed, Shanahan said, but there were issues with some of the soft tissue around the bone on the outside of his foot that has caused a flareup. Taylor is eligible to return to action on Nov. 17 against the Arizona Cardinals.

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The 49ers placed Taylor on injured reserve and signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young. Shanahan said he does not think Young will be active and in uniform for Sunday’s game.

49ers injury report

OUT
RB Tevin Coleman (ankle)
WR Jalen Hurd (back)
OT Joe Staley (leg)
WR Trent Taylor (foot) – injured reserve

Questionable
DE Dee Ford (quadriceps
S Jaquiski Tartt (toe)
DE Nick Bosa (ankle)
DB Jimmie Ward (hand)

Steelers injury report

OUT
FB Roosevelt Nix (knee)
LB Vince Williams (hamstring)
LB Anthony Chickillo (foot)

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

49ers place Trent Taylor on IR, re-sign veteran tackle Sam Young

The 49ers on Friday signed veteran offensive tackle Sam Young to a one-year contract and placed wide receiver Trent Taylor on injured reserve.

Taylor, who underwent surgery Aug. 10 to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot, must sit out for at least eight weeks before he is eligible to return to the 49ers’ 53-man roster and appear in a game.

Originally, the 49ers placed Taylor's timetable to return at four to six weeks. As recently as last week, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he hoped Taylor would be able to return to action after the 49ers' Week 4 bye.

Taylor was expected to be one of the team’s leading pass-catchers this season before he sustained the fracture to the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. Since the 49ers selected him in the fifth round of the 2017 draft, Taylor has appeared in 29 games and caught 69 passes for 645 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers re-signed Young, who was among their final cuts before the start of the regular season. The 49ers require more depth at offensive tackle after Joe Staley broke his left fibula, an injury that is expected to keep him sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Rookie Justin Skule is scheduled to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers at left tackle.

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In his nine-year NFL career, Young has appeared in 88 games with 21 starts with Dallas, Buffalo, Jacksonville and Miami. Young will wear No. 65 for the 49ers.