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 joined 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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What a compliment.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Torrey Smith knows a thing or two about being a strong wide receiver. He also knows what it takes to maintain that position on the 49ers as he played for the team from 2015-17.
Smith, who played eight NFL seasons, recently sang the praise of the team’s offense during a spot on 95.7 The Game.
"I think they've got a lot of very capable receivers on their roster right now," Smith said on Thursday. "I think if [Marquise] Goodwin is healthy, that helps. But they have to have that speed element to it. Emmanuel [Sanders] is one of the best route runners in the league, and I thought he did a great job meshing. I thought it was a great trade for the team, as well.”
Sanders became not only a solid portion of the offensive game under Kyle Shanahan, but turned into a mentor to the younger wide receiver class. He recently signed a two-year contract with the Saints after a stellar season with San Francisco.
Deebo Samuel specifically wanted the veteran wideout to return to the Faithful.
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Smith spoke highly of Samuel and how diverse he is.
"I love what they're doing with Deebo Samuel," Smith continued. "He's able to get the ball so many different ways. And when the passing game is stalling, you can get the ball to him. He's like a running back with the ball. So to see his growth, he's going to be amazing, and continue to get better in year two.”
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Samuel caught 57 passes for 802 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie last season with 10.6 yards per game.
Smith went on to say there are very few things the 49ers need to work on if they want to return to the Super Bowl during this upcoming season.
Torrey Smith knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl, having done it two times as a member of both the Baltimore Ravens in 2012 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. He announced his retirement from the NFL in September, but clearly, he's still keeping an eye on the game.
And, evidently, he thinks the 49ers have what it takes to reach the ultimate goal, provided quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo plays like he did in San Francisco's 28-25 road win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.
Garoppolo set a new career-high with four touchdown passes in the 49ers' victory, one apiece to tight end George Kittle and receivers Kendrick Bourne, Emmanuel Sanders and Dante Pettis. In total, he completed 28 of 37 passes for 317 yards and a 136.9 passer rating, also a career-high.
Garoppolo was particularly effective on third down, completing 12 of 14 passes for 159 yards and three of his four touchdowns. Of his 12 third-down completions, nine of them went for first downs or scores.
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In defeating the Cardinals, Jimmy G joined some exclusive company, becoming just the fifth quarterback in league history to win at least 16 of his first 18 career starts. The team as a whole did, too.
It likely was Garoppolo's best performance as a member of the 49ers. They're 8-0 now, but as Smith suggested, their ceiling will go as high as Jimmy G can take them.