If you are a football fan, there is a strong probability that you know who Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings is. He is the Green Bay Packers‘ two-time Pro Bowler who was on a Super Bowl winning team, and was released by the Packers this summer.
On the other hand, I’ll bet that the vast majority of NFL fans outside of the bay area aren’t aware of who Brian Jennings is. Jennings played for the San Francisco 49ers for 13 seasons as a long snapper. He played every game for 12 consecutive seasons. He was a Pro Bowler last season, and he was also released by the 49ers on Saturday in the final round of NFL cuts.
To say that Jennings was cut for any other reason than money would be inaccurate, as he was scheduled to make $940,000 this season. San Francisco is loaded with talent and in order to retain all of it, sacrifices needed to be made.
Brian Jennings will be replaced by rookie Kevin McDermott, who is due $405,000 this year. It was a cash move, and one that the 49ers unfortunately needed to make. Jennings has a right to be bitter.
If he was, we would never know it.
After being released, Jennings composed a beautiful, touching and classy goodbye letter to the only professional organization he’s known. In it, he takes the time to thank the 49ers owners and their family. He thanks all his coaches, citing that Steve Mariucci’s group was responsible for teaching him how to be a pro.
He thanks the current staff for helping to return the 49ers to “playing dominant football.” He indirectly speaks of the importance of the crest and you can feel that he wants this organization to succeed regardless of if he is a part of it or not. He goes on to thank his teammates past and present.
He cites the 49ers taught him how to be a man both off and on the field.
Just by reading the letter, you can clearly see the appreciation this man has for the organization, the city and the opportunity to play a game that he obviously loved for a living. Brian Jennings handled his departure with class and respect.
I would like to congratulate Brian Jennings on a quietly reliable career, and wish him and his family well in their future endeavors. This is a man who understands what it is all about, and with an attitude like that, there is no doubt he will succeed in whatever he does next.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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