On Wednesday, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh sat down for an interview with Bay Area sports radio station KNBR. In the interview, Harbaugh talks about the 49ers recent draft picks with the highlight being wide receiver Quinton Patton.
According to Harbaugh, Patton purchased, with his own money, a flight ticket from Nashville, Tenn., to San Francisco, rented a car and drove to 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara. While Patton was driving to the facility, he called the team to let them know he was on his way. The problem was NFL rules prohibit rookies from showing up to their team’s facility less than 24 hours after they have been selected in the draft.
Harbaugh said on KNBR:
He’s (Patton) already my favorite guy. He calls us two days ago and he said he’s here. He’s on his way. Just landed at the airport. He’s in his rental car. He’s coming over to the facility and he can’t wait to get started. And we had to go ‘Where? Which airport did you fly into? You’re in a rental car driving here? (He said) ‘Yeah, coach, I’m 20 minutes away.’
The fact that he would buy his own ticket and fly out here, speaks volumes about him. To be honest with you, he reminds me of me. That’s something I would have done. I love it. I love it.
Had Patton made it all the way to the facility, he would have been ineligible to participate in the 49ers three-day rookie minicamp starting on May 10. The rookie receiver had to fly back to Nashville.
Remember the saying first impressions are lasting impressions? Well, Patton has made a lasting impression on this 49ers fan. This is also a really good way to make Niners fans forget about last year’s first-round receiver, A.J. Jenkins.
Click here to listen to the full interview.