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Why 49ers' Raheem Mostert credits wife for rise from cuts to stardom

Why 49ers' Raheem Mostert credits wife for rise from cuts to stardom

Raheem Mostert stood on the stage Sunday at Levi's Stadium with confetti raining down on him. The 49ers running back held the George Halas Trophy in his right hand and his young son in his left. For a moment, he had to soak in the surreal situation he found himself in. 

He locked eyes with his wife and his mother-in-law and admittedly shed a few tears. What really had him lost in it all, though, was his son. 

"The biggest moment for me was when I was holding my son up there," Mostert said Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz." "I felt like I was just bringing two worlds together: Fatherhood and the game of football. Not too many people get to experience that feeling of having their son up there.

"I really had to keep it together. I really enjoyed it and embraced it."

Nobody ever expected Mostert to be the one in the spotlight after the 49ers set a date with Super Bowl LIV in Miami by beating the Green Bay Packers 37-20 in the NFC Championship Game. But it was Mostert, the same player who had been cut by six teams without carrying the ball once, who was the star in San Francisco's win. 

The 27-year-old running back set a franchise record in the playoffs by rushing for 220 yards on 29 carries, and scored four touchdowns. As quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was asked to throw the ball only eight times, Mostert was galloping to the end zone. 

If anyone did believe Mostert could be the star that pushed the 49ers to the Super Bowl, it was his wife. While six teams gave up on him in a mere 18 months, she always stood by his side. 

"That's really who helped me through the rough times, man," Mostert said. "I feel like I don't give her enough credit, but she kept me in line, man, no matter what. She always had belief and always had faith in me, even when those six other teams didn't. Like I said, I have to give her all the due because she really got my mind right and really helped me out mentally to get to where I'm at today." 

Mostert acknowledges there were some low times when team after team threw him to the side. He was an undrafted player out of Purdue who only rushed for 759 total yards over his four-year college career. But he persisted. 

His wife made sure of that. 

"Any person that's in the league would know what I felt being cut, and she really did just ... did her part in helping me bring to light, 'Hey look, you love this game of football like you say you love it, right? Well go out there and do what you got to do in order to be successful,' " Mostert said.

Mostert didn't only hand out credit to his wife, too. He made sure to express his gratitude to his mother-in-law Michelle as well. 

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"I know she was emotional and my mother-in-law, she's here in California, she shared that moment with us too," Mostert said. "And I know my mother-in-law, she was definitely emotional because she also helped me -- she saw what nobody else saw. She knew I could be a special person and do the things that I've been able to do.

"They both were emotional, and it caught up to me as well." 

Mostert's season has been one made for the big screen. Now he's one win away from a Super Bowl ring and a sea of confetti to share with his wife, son and everyone else who has believed in him.

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NFL rumors: Rams trade Brandin Cooks to Texans for second-round pick

NFL rumors: Rams trade Brandin Cooks to Texans for second-round pick

The rebuild continues.

After letting former All-Pros Todd Gurley and Clay Matthews walk in free agency, the Los Angeles Rams continued their roster overhaul by reportedly agreeing to send wideout Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans in exchange for several draft picks, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports citing a source.

L.A. has been dealing with salary cap issues, trying to find money to pay franchise quarterback Jared Goff, all-world defensive lineman Aaron Donald, defensive back Jalen Ramsey and the other 49 players needed to fill out an NFL roster.

The team still ends up taking a dead cap hit on Cooks in 2020, but at least removes the remaining four years of his deal from the books.

With the departure of offensive weapons Gurley and Cooks along with Matthews’ defensive presence, it will be a very different L.A. attack the next time the team takes on the 49ers.

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After four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, Cooks struggled through injuries and inconsistency on his way to just 583 receiving yards in 14 games during the 2019 season.

Pro Football Talk reports that the team already took a financial hit by holding onto Cooks this far into his contract.

The Seattle Seahawks remain strong and the Arizona Cardinals fleeced Bill O’Brien and those head-scratching Texans earlier this offseason for DeAndre Hopkins earlier this spring, there’s a clear new team at the bottom of the NFC West.

If we end up getting an NFL season in 2020, expect the division’s doormat to be in Tinseltown.

NFL Draft 2020: Why 49ers could trade up to No. 5 for Jeffrey Okudah

NFL Draft 2020: Why 49ers could trade up to No. 5 for Jeffrey Okudah

The NFL draft demonstrates to fans just how bold their team’s general managers can be.

Those willing to take a risk and try to move up in the first round sacrifice significant draft capital in exchange for a chance at a home run.

The 49ers happen to be one of those select few teams possessing multiple first-round picks in this year’s draft, giving GM John Lynch an opportunity to make a big splash.

One potential way Lynch could extend San Francisco’s championship window is by fortifying the secondary with Ohio State’s Jeffrey Okudah, writes Bleacher Report’s Marcus Mosher.

In this trade, the 49ers make the bold jump up to secure the former Ohio State Buckeye. But with the 49ers lacking in trade capital this year, they could send picks No. 13, No. 31 and another 2021 third-round selection. 

The 49ers have a win-now roster and could use a stud cover man to pair with Richard Sherman. Okudah is one of the best players in the draft and would give the team another versatile corner who could be used in both man and zone coverage. 

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Okudah is the consensus top defensive back in this year’s draft, combining length to disrupt the passing game with top-line speed, putting up a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Niners came up just short of hoisting the Lombardi trophy in February, despite holding dynamic gunslinger Patrick Mahomes to just 286 yards passing and the lowest postseason quarterback rating of his career.

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Okudah could provide an immediate impact in the secondary on the other side of Richard Sherman, but should the team sacrifice both of its first-round draft picks to fortify a position that is lower on the list of needs for Lynch’s roster?

Many fans likely rather would see the team grab one of this year's seemingly endless crop of talented wide receivers at No. 13 and then waiting and nabbing a cornerback later like TCU product Jeff Gladney at No. 31 overall.

We’ll find out just how bold this 49ers' front office wants to be in exactly two week’s time.