Niner Noise discussed five fun facts about 49ers rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, a Round 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
The San Francisco 49ers are looking at their second of two first-round picks from the 2020 NFL Draft, former Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, to be a serious contributor for head coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense right away.
Shanahan had Aiyuk ranked awfully high on his draft big board, and the head coach said he would have taken the receiver with the Niners’ first first-round draft pick if they ultimately couldn’t grab South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw at No. 14 overall.
As things panned out, San Francisco go both players it wanted to land in Round 1.
Aiyuk is a Northern California native, born in the Sacramento-area suburb of Rocklin, California in 1998. One of the early connections he had with the 49ers was playing his initial college ball at Sierra College in Rocklin. It’s the same location where the Niners held their training camp between 1981 and 1997.
That’s one small fact about San Francisco’s rookie wide receiver. And here are five more you’d like to know in advance of his firsts season at the NFL level.
No. 5: Brandon Aiyuk’s Mom Is a Die-Hard 49ers Fan
Call it destiny, his family’s location near Northern California or whatever, but Aiyuk’s mother is a devout member of the Niners Faithful.
And she didn’t hesitate dressing a four-year-old Aiyuk in 49ers gear, which the receiver pointed out shortly after San Francisco selected him:
Aiyuk later revealed to reporters on a conference call after the draft his mother was a devout Niners fan. And while he said he wasn’t a massive fan of any particular team growing up, he did mention his mother’s influence was pretty big.
“But, definitely when I was younger, I was rolling with the 49ers because of my mom,” Aiyuk said.
Guess it was meant to be, right?