Dec 9, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner (31) tackles Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (22) during the third quarter at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

49ers SS Donte Whitner On NFL AM This Morning

With the San Francisco 49ers representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, many of the players have benefited greatly. Whether it is guest appearances or numerous sponsorships, the 49ers have seen a spike of cameo appearances as of late, and NFL Network is no different. Below is an exclusive interview with 49ers SS Donte Whitner.

When asked why he was dressed up in a suit on this casual Friday, Whitner said:

My mom always told me to represent myself with a suit on TV.

Great job Deborah. (Donte’s Mom)

When asked by who was the most surprising free-agent still on the market, Whitner said:

I would have to say Charles Woodson. So many years he’s made so many plays. He’s a little bit up there in age right now, but before he got hurt last year, he was still making the same type of plays. Probably a limited role, somewhere in the nickel back, dime back, where he likes to blitz, and get him in the box. I believe he can still contribute to a team and help them win, so probably Charles Woodson.

On current free-agent CB Antoine Winfield:

A guy I looked up to going into Ohio State University. A guy who continues to get better every year. He’s up there in age also, but he’s a linebacker playing the corner position, he will hit you. And I’m surprised he’s not signed with a team yet.

On Adrian Peterson’s comments to NFL rule change of removing the lowering the helmet for ball-carriers: “Sooner or later we’re going to be playing touch football. I’ll be more comfortable with it if they just spread the love and bring that over to the defensive side and make sure when those guys come in to attack us that they’ve got their head up and face mask showing as well. And anytime that they have their helmet down, they get flagged just like they are putting on us. I’ll be satisfied if they do it that way.”

I do agree…Football is meant to be rough and tough…we all know what we signed up for. We know the precautions, we know what’s going to happen from playing this game. Just because I’m not a running back, I don’t want to see the running backs not being able to lower their shoulder. It’s part of the game, big hits are part of the game, running somebody over is part of the game.

 On losing the Super Bowl:

We felt we had a great opportunity to win that game. Me personally, I haven’t done anything since we lost. I took two weeks off and back training ever since. I know Kaep took one week off, went down to Atlanta to be training. We understand it’s going to take small steps to get to where we want to go. And we had a taste of it, the last two years and third year’s the charm. We feel we’re going to go and get it this year.

 On losing FS Dashon Goldson to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Well we brought in Nnamdi Asomugha. We all know what position he’s going to play at. We brought in Craig Dahl, I havent really seen him play but from what I hear he’s very smart and intelligent guy, that really works hard. And that’s all that Vic Vangio needs in his system, a guy that knows his system, that’s willing to do things that asked of him to do and go out there and do them.

On the 49ers defense being one of the best:

We feel like we are the best in the National Football League.

On the signing of CB Nnamdi Asomugha:

He has a chip on his shoulder. And he’ll come in and work, and he’ll show that he’s one of the top cornerbacks in the National Football League.


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