Monday marked the start of the San Francisco 49ers long road back to the Super Bowl as players attended voluntary workouts at team headquarters in Santa Clara. The voluntary workouts are part of the team’s nine-week offseason program.
Some of the players in attendance on the first day of workouts included LB Patrick Willis, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, FB Bruce Miller, RB Anthony Dixon, LB Aldon Smith, LT Joe Staley and QB Colin Kaepernick. All of the players are limited to only strength and conditioning workouts, and physical rehabilitation. This period will last for the next two weeks.
The second phase of the offseason workouts allows Niners coaches to work with players on the football field. That will be followed by organized team activities which are also voluntary. The only mandatory workouts are the 49ers minicamp that will run from June 11-13.
It has been a long two and a half months since the heartbreaking Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Just like the players, Niner fans everywhere are just as excited to see the start of voluntary workouts so the quest for a six franchise championship can begin anew. Watching a video of the players working out and talking about beginning the 2013 season got me pumped up. You can watch the video by clicking here.
Quotes from players after the first day of voluntary workouts:
Asomugha: This is the grind period, the work period. To have so many guys out here, it’s encouraging.
Trenton Robinson: It feels good to come back and know what’s expected of you. You know what you need to do and you know what you need to do to perform and to play. I’m excited to get back and to see guys in the locker room and get ready to do these lifts, OTAs and get into camp.
Perrish Cox: First day, you’re basically seeing the brothers. You’ve been away from them all offseason, you get to see everyone you play with and it’s like being back at home with your brothers.