To say DeForest Buckner was loved by his 49ers teammates would be an understatement.
He will now be a member of the Colts after a trade sent him to Indy. He gave a thoughtful message to the Faithful and the organization.
View this post on Instagram
I want to thank the 49ers Organization for taking a chance on me 4 years ago. You’ve given me the opportunity to live my dream and start my own legacy. It’s been one hell of a journey, from 2-14 my rookie year to the Super Bowl this past season. Looking back on everything, I can proudly say that every time I stepped on the field I gave it everything I had. Win or Lose I was always proud to wear the Red and Gold. I’ve built so many lifelong relationships with coaches, teammates, staff members, and fans in the Bay Area. I just want to thank you all for helping me grow as a man, friend, and teammate. The Faithful will always have a special place in my heart. Colts Nation, I can’t wait to get this thing rollin! I’m bringing everything I got to Indy!!
"You’ve given me the opportunity to live my dream and start my own legacy," he wrote on Instagram. "It’s been one hell of a journey, from 2-14 my rookie year to the Super Bowl this past season."
Buckner was selected by the 49ers with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He earned Pro Bowl honors in 2018 and was a crucial part in sending the team to the Super Bowl this past season.
[RELATED: Why 49ers decided to trade Buckner]
His now former teammates also appeared to be upset by the news that he would no longer be sporting the red and gold next season.
The Colts, in return for Buckner, sent over a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft in April.