HOUSTON-- Rookies aren't the only ones thrilled to see their names on an NFL jersey this exhibition season. Sixth-year veteran Ted Ginn Jr. loves the new look of his 49ers uniform, which he'll pull on for Saturday's exhibition at Houston. Jerseys,Where to get NFL jerseys, Custom jerseys, China jerseys, Cheap jerseys, Baseball jerseys, Basketball jerseys
That's right, "Ginn Jr.," just as it reads on his back, at last.
"It's something I've been trying to do for a long time," Ginn said, "but wasn't able to do until RG3 came into the league."
RG3 would be Robert Griffin III, [Jerseys]last year's Heisman Trophy winner who was drafted second overall by the Washington Redskins. Sharing initials with the league's commissioner, Roger Goodell, perhaps carries clout.
This season, [Where to get NFL jerseys] the NFL is allowing players to wear generational titles on their uniforms. Some call it the "RG3 Rule." Ginn calls it great.
"When you think about the pros, it should be like that," Ginn said. "I never understood why they didn't put 'Jr.' or 'III' on the backs of jerseys. Every day I get to see 'Jr.' on my jersey."
The first day he saw it, [Custom jerseys] he took a picture on his phone and sent it to his father, an accomplished coach at Glenville High inCleveland.
Ted Ginn Sr. [China jerseys]not only loved the picture, he nearly became a member of the 49ers this summer, too. Coach Jim Harbaugh invited the elder Ginn to intern on his staff as part of the Bill Walsh Minority Coaching Fellowship, which Walsh set up 25 years ago in his penultimate season as the 49ers coach.
"It was hard for him to
get up and walk away from the (Glenville) program," Ginn Jr. said. "He's more dedicated to the kids than the actual coaching."
Aside from coaching accolades, [Cheap jerseys] Ginn's father set up a school in 2007 for at-risk youth, the Ginn Academy. "Deep down inside, I think (Harbaugh) would try to keep him around," Ginn Jr. added.
The 49ers re-signed Ginn in March as their return specialist and backup receiver, roles he's held since they acquired him in a 2010 trade with the Miami Dolphins. Before signing his one-year contract, Ginn took free agency visits to the Detroit Lions, [Cheap jerseys]Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings.
Ginn couldn't participate in the 49ers' offseason practices while recovering from minor knee surgery. He injured his right knee in the 49ers' playoff-opening win over the New Orleans Saints, and his absence was noticed in the NFC Championship game defeat as two punt returns by Kyle Williams went askew.
Ginn has shown no signs of knee trouble in training camp. He started at wide receiver in the exhibition-opening win over Minnesotaon Aug. [Basketball jerseys]10 but wasn't used as a returner. Harbaugh declined Thursday to divulge whether Ginn would field punts inHouston.
Ginn said his time away from the field this offseason helped him gain: a) more upper-body muscle, (b) a greater appreciation for football, and, (c) a tighter bond with his family, including his fiancee, Krystle McCoy, and their 2-year-old twins, Kyrsten and Ted Ginn III.
Yes, someday there may be a uniform for TG3. Move over, RG3.
Saturday's game marks the 49ers' first inHoustonsince an October 2009 loss to the Texans, when wide receiver Michael Crabtree made his 49ers debut after a contract stalemate. "I've grown a lot," Crabtree said. "Just really going on my fourth year, that's crazy. Each year I get better and better, stronger and stronger, (and) learn how to be a pro."
The 49ers have 12 players whose hometowns are in Texas, including rookie safety Michael Thomas, a Houston native and Stanford product. The state with the most hometowns among 49ers: California, 14. Jerseys,Where to get NFL jerseys, Custom jerseys, China jerseys, Cheap jerseys, Baseball jerseys, Basketball jerseys