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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former San Francisco 49ers defensive end Cedrick Hardman has died. He was 70.The team said he died Friday night.An-time All-Pro selection in 1971 and 1975 and Pro Bowl player in 1972 and 1976 DeForest Buckner Jersey , Hardman anchored a defensive front nicknamed the “Gold Rush” that included Cleveland Elam, Tommy Hart and Jimmy Webb. Hardman is a member of San Francisco’s “10-Year Wall”, which honors all players who played at least 10 seasons with the team.“We are truly saddened by the loss of one of the all-time great 49ers, Cedrick Hardman,” the team said in a statement.“During his 10-year career in red and gold, he anchored the vaunted “Gold Rush” defensive line with a nonstop motor that put fear in the minds of opposing quarterbacks.”After leaving the 49ers, Hardman signed with the Oakland Raiders Jimmy Garoppolo Jersey , where he appeared in 32 games over two seasons (1980-81) and was a member of the Super Bowl-winning team in the 1980 season.The former University of North Texas star was selected in the first round (ninth overall) by San Francisco in the 1970 NFL draft. He spent 10 seasons with the 49ers (1970-79) and appeared in 139 games (121 starts), the fifth-most among 49ers defensive linemen. Top-five draft prospect Nick Bosa said he has stopped tweeting political statements in support of the sitting President due to concerns that he’ll “end up in San Francisco.” But could the truth be that he’s far more concerned about whichever locker room he lands in, whether it be the 49ers or any other team?It’s one thing to have digital footprints that support an intensely polarizing political figure. It’s quite another to have a history of comments and related activities that create questions regarding a potential racial bias.Whether he has one or doesn’t isn’t the issue. The issue is whether reasonable minds may differ on whether he does — and whether that in turn will make it harder for him to be accepted by an NFL roster.A Saturday tweet from Jemele Hill, who retweeted a link to an item from Robert Littal’s BlackSportsOnline.com, pulled this much closer analysis of Bosa’s decision to abandon political tweets into mainstream view.“Nick Bosa is weak,” Hill wrote. “If you truly believe in what you stand for, you have no problem defending it. Bosa wasn鈥檛 just worried about how a city would receive him George Kittle Jersey , he was worried about having to explain himself in the lockeroom. He wasn鈥檛 ready for that smoke.”Again, this isn’t about whether Nick Bosa actually has any sort of racial bias. It’s about whether his strategy is less about avoiding problems in San Francisco and more about avoiding problems with future teammates.Bills quarterback Josh Allen was able to overcome potential locker-room issues after being drafted by the Bills in 2018, based on much older tweets that could be more easily attributed to the younger-and-dumber version of himself. On the other end of the spectrum, former Eagles receiver Riley Cooper, who with the help of Mike Vick (they shared an agent at the time) overcame an ugly incident at a Kenny Chesney concert in Philly, never found footing elsewhere after being released by the Eagles at only 28 years of age. (More than a year later, Cooper got a look-see in Tampa Jason Verrett Jersey , but wasn’t offered a contract.)In the aftermath of Bosa’s declaration that he has stopped tweeting in support of the President due to concerns that he’ll be drafted by the 49ers, it was fair to wonder why he or any other pro athlete should have to keep that aspect of their lives secret. The issues raised by Hill and Littal make Bosa’s decision less confusing, if he indeed was thinking about how those comments could impact his not-too-distant NFL future, wherever it may play out.
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