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Bryant Young knew when Joe Staley was rookie he'd be 49ers fixture

Bryant Young knew when Joe Staley was rookie he'd be 49ers fixture

Bryant Young’s rookie season marked the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl.

Young spent the final 13 seasons of his NFL career trying to get back. Joe Staley twice made it to the Super Bowl but he didn't come away with a ring.

“Those are the guys you want to have success, not that you don’t want that for everybody,” Young said this week on the 49ers Insider Podcast.

“But in terms of how he’s represented the organization, being a pillar in the community and doing a phenomenal job on the field, you want guys like that to do well and accomplish much. I was really happy for Joe. I think he did a phenomenal job, had an excellent career. I’m just happy we had a chance to play together for a year.”

Young retired after the 2007 season, the same year the 49ers traded with the New England Patriots to get back into the first round to select Staley with the No. 28 overall pick. Staley started at right tackle as a rookie before switching to left tackle for the remainder of his career.

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Young said he was not surprised Staley played his entire 13-year career with the 49ers and was an All-Decade selection based on what he saw from Staley as a first-year player.

“I knew from his rookie year, just coming in being open to change in coaching and taking it all in, he was a pro,” Young said. “He demonstrated that, just learning how to be a professional, as well. You knew he was going to be a fixture in that program for a long time.”

Staley retired this offseason, citing health concerns after a career that consisted of 192 games, including 11 in the postseason.

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49ers' Arik Armstead ignores critics of speaking up on social issues

49ers' Arik Armstead ignores critics of speaking up on social issues

Arik Armstead doesn't want to hear it.

The 49ers defensive lineman spoke to Sactown Magazine for its July/August issue, and says that if you're not willing to listen to his dialogue off the field about social issues affecting our country, Armstead doesn't want you tuning in to watch him and his teammates dominate on the field.

“If you don’t want me speaking out against racism and social issues and social injustices, then don’t watch me play on Sundays," Armstead said. "Can’t have a piece of me and not all of me.”

Armstead also joined NBC Sports Bay Area's "Race In America" series a few weeks ago, and spoke about the pain he felt seeing video of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police Custody.

"Like, why do I have to continue -- why do we have to continue to see people that look like us get murdered on social media and on the TV?" Armstead told Logan Murdock and Monte Poole on  "Race In America: A Candid Conversation." " ... I'm on Instagram, and I just got to see another Black person get killed unjustly."

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The 26-year-old also discussed a time when he was racially profiled by local police near a friend's house in Elk Grove.

“A cop gets behind us, pulls us over,” Armstead recalls. “‘What y’all doing? Where y’all going?’”

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The officer then made Armstead and his friends prove that they knew the people whose house they were traveling to, by bringing the cop with them to the front door and having the friend explain that he was acquainted with Armstead.

Armstead has made it clear he won't be staying silent or "sticking to sports." For those who don't want to hear Armstead's voice on these issues, don't expect him to care whether you watch him play on Sundays.

See Joe Staley's motivational IG message for 49ers' Kendrick Bourne

See Joe Staley's motivational IG message for 49ers' Kendrick Bourne

Joe Staley long has been a model of consistency for the 49ers, spending the past 12 seasons protecting a myriad of 49ers quarterbacks as San Francisco's starting left tackle.

Staley's younger teammates held so much respect for him, as you could see from the many who spoke publicly in the wake of Staley's retirement back in April.

It appears even in retirement Staley continues to inspire his former teammates, as 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne shared an Instagram direct message from Staley on Sunday morning.

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"Never lose sight of the goal. The ring," Staley wrote to Bourne. "That's all that matters in what we do. I never got it. You. Mr KB!! Go get it!! F-----g GET IT!! Make me proud bro. I love watching your hustle. All love."

Staley was responding to a video Bourne had posted of some of the hardware he's earned over his football career, including one of the game balls from the 49ers' blowout Week 8 win over the Carolina Panthers.

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Bourne and the 49ers came so close to helping Staley capture that elusive championship ring, but quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun San Francisco at Super Bowl LIV.

The 49ers won the offseason in the eyes of some pundits around the league, and appear primed for another deep postseason run. It'll be up to Bourne, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and the rest of the 49ers' talented roster to finish the job if they can get back to the Super Bowl.