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Why retiring Mike Person will never get over 49ers' Super Bowl loss

Why retiring Mike Person will never get over 49ers' Super Bowl loss

Mike Person went from being a Super Bowl LIV starter for the 49ers to hanging up his cleats within a matter of months.

The offensive lineman announced on Sunday he will be retiring after nine seasons.  

For Person, he felt it was the right time, but wished things would have been different. He, of course, would have loved to leave Miami with a championship, but he explained how he believes he will never get over it. 

“It’s crazy. You make it there and you’re on top of the world,” Person told 406 MT Sports in a phone interview on Sunday. “And then you lose, especially in the fashion that we did, it is one of the most demoralizing things,” Person said. “It was tough to get over. To be honest with you, I don’t know if I am over it quite yet, or if I ever will be.”

“If you play football, that’s what you dream of, winning a Super Bowl. We were close. We just didn’t make the plays when we needed to.”

An incomplete pass from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the fourth quarter of the big game in February will haunt the two for a while, but it appears Person will have the same ghosts looming.

He was released by the 49ers back in March in an “unexpected” transaction. Despite other teams showing interest in the 32-year-old, his body wasn’t quite right after sustaining multiple injuries over his career.

Person also is most importantly a father and said if he were to sign with a team, that would force him to stay away from his kids and he feels he’s already missed too much of them growing. 

Person won’t leave his NFL career empty-handed, however. He does have a Super Bowl ring during his time with the Seattle Seahawks at the beginning of his career, but he didn’t play in those postseason games. 

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A seventh-round draft pick for the 49ers in 2011, Person, in addition to his time in Seattle, had stints with the Los Angeles Rams, Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts.

He was a staple during the games leading up to the Super Bowl with the 49ers, helping them win the NFC Championship last season as a fill-in starter. For him to be so close with so much invested certainly proves why this loss is more personal to him. 

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson show interest in signing Antonio Brown

Around and around we go.

Almost any other wide receiver who burned as many bridges as Antonio Brown has over the last two years would never draw interest from another NFL team ever again. But due to his tantalizing talent and prolific production, he continues to get the benefit of the doubt.

He doesn't deserve it, but it's understandable. Forget receivers, when Brown is on the field, there are few offensive players more frightening for defensive coordinators. Of course, he also has proven himself to be a nightmare for his own coaches. Thus is the risk/reward factor he presents.

Despite his risk far outweighing the reward as of late, interest in Brown doesn't appear to be waning. 

Back in May, it was reported that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson "would love" to add Brown to his receiving corps. A little more than a month later, the two were connecting on routes on a practice field.

Yes, that is a Raiders helmet that Brown is wearing. How'd his time in Oakland go, again? But I digress...

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Wilson doesn't appear to be the only star quarterback interested in adding Brown to his roster. After former NFL receiver Chad Johnson took to Twitter to express his preference for Brown to join the Texans, Houston QB Deshaun Watson didn't exactly pour cold water on the idea.

The Texans were on the wrong end of one of the more one-sided trades in recent memory this offseason when they questionably sent standout receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. Houston did acquire Brandin Cooks from the Los Angeles Rams, but perhaps Watson believes his receiving corps is missing an ingredient.

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If Brown is signed -- which is a big if -- it's unlikely he would be able to play much at all this coming season, regardless of which team signed him. A trio of Personal Conduct Policy investigations must be concluded before he can sign with a team, and even if all that is settled, it is widely expected that he would be facing a lengthy suspension upon rejoining the league.

Do you trust Brown to behave through that entire process? At this point, it's difficult to understand why anyone would. But clearly, some players still feel the risk is worth the reward.

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

Why Warren Moon believes 49ers are favorites in competitive NFC West

The 49ers ran through the NFC playoffs, held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LIV and arguably have improved this offseason. So, they've got to be the favorites in their own division, right?

It wouldn't exactly be going out on a limb to take that stance, as San Francisco currently is the betting favorite to emerge not just from the NFC West, but the conference as a whole. There's a reason for that, and Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon doesn't disagree.

"You'd have to go with San Francisco right now," Moon said Thursday on 95.7 The Game's "Joe, Lo and Dibs" show when asked which team is the favorite in the NFC West. "I mean, they're the defending NFC champs. They bring back pretty much everybody from that football team. 

"They've lost a couple of receivers, but I still think they have a lot of good talent on their team. Their strength is going to be in their running game. I think their offensive line just got strengthened by signing (Trent Williams). So, they're going to be the team to beat, but this is going to be one of the more competitive divisions in the NFL.

"You've got Seattle, who's going to be right there. ... And then you always have the Rams, who you just don't know how good they're going to be. And then Arizona is going to be much more improved. So this is going to be a very, very competitive division, as it usually is."

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The 49ers might be the deserved favorites in the division, but Moon is correct. The NFC West was tough enough last year, when San Francisco split the season series with the Seahawks and went down to the wire in both meetings with the Cardinals. As good as the 49ers are, claiming a second straight division title will be no easy task.

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