Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa reveals why he doesn't like 49ers


Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa reveals why he doesn't like 49ers

SAN JOSE -- Tua Tagovailoa will have his first taste of the Alabama-Clemson rivalry Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship at Levi's Stadium. At media day, though, the Crimson Tide quarterback might have lit the spark needed for an old NFL rivalry that hasn't had any fire in years. 

Growing up in Ewa Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, Tagovailoa didn't have a pro football team to root for in his home state. Since he had plenty of family in California and lived just a five-hour flight from Honolulu to San Francisco, one could think Tagovailoa grew up rooting for the 49ers with aspirations of following in fellow left-hander Steve Young's footsteps. 

Think again. 

“Nah, I grew up as a Cowboys fan," Tagovailoa said Saturday at SAP Center. "Yeah, I’m a Dallas fan.”

Really? That was a pretty big rivalry back in the day. 

“Exactly. I don’t like the Niners as much." 

The calm and collected signal-caller, who didn't play against Clemson in last season's Sugar Bowl, speaks with as much poise as he shows on the field. When the team he rooted against as a child was brought up, however, he didn't hold back. 

Since 1998, the year Tagovailoa was born, the 49ers have beaten the Cowboys in just three of the nine games they've played against each other. In their last matchup, the Cowboys came away with a deciding 40-10 win in Santa Clara in 2017. 

Fast forward a little over 14 months later, and Tagovailoa now is trying to take home gold for the second consecutive year, this time in Alabama-Clemson IV, at the home of the 49ers.

Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation


Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation

With protests taking place in numerous cities nationwide, 49ers CEO Jed York announced Saturday night that the team would be making a $1 million donation to local and national organizations seeking social change.

Two former 49ers teammates had different responses to York on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the 49ers in 2015 and 2016, praised York for his commitment to fighting injustices.

York even responded to Smith.

But safety Eric Reid, who was drafted by the 49ers in 2013 and played with the team through the 2017 season, was not a fan of York's donation.

Smith and Reid were teammates on the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season.

Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge in 2016 to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustices plaguing the United States.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract after being told he would be released, and the 49ers didn't re-sign Reid, who would join the Panthers early in the 2018 season.

Smith defended York's handling of Kaepernick's protest, but Reid wasn't having it.

Smith could only agree with what Reid said.

The protests across the nation are in response to recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of police.

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49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change


49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change

CEO Jed York announced Saturday night the 49ers will be donating $1 million to local and national organizations committed to social change.

In September 2016, the 49ers made a $1 million donation, matching the commitment of the-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to two Bay Area charities that address social issues in collaboration with law enforcement.

Along with the organization's latest donation, York also committed support for the Players Coalition, which was co-founded in 2017 by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins. The coalition’s goal is to make an impact on social justice and racial equality at the federal, state and local levels through advocacy, awareness, education and allocation of resources.

York’s announcement comes as protests take place across the nation. George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by Minneapolis police on Monday. Video later surfaced that showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he told officers he was struggling to breathe.

“People throughout our country are hurting,” York wrote in a statement. “Emotions are raw, and rightfully so. Heinous acts have been committed in recent weeks. Before we are able to realize impactful change, we just first have the courage and compassion as human beings to come together and acknowledge the problem: black men, women, children and other oppressed minorities continue to be systemically discriminated against.

“The 49ers organization is committing to support the legislative priorities of the Players Coalition and to donating $1 million dollars to local and national organizations who are creating change.”

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