THE FINAL 49:
During the final 49 weeks until Kickoff 2013, we will take a moment each week to look at various aspects of the football program.
Dec. 29, 2012
By Tom Whitestone
It's the final week of 2012. A memorable year is coming to a close. A historic year is about to begin.
To close the year, I took a trip to the football stadium yesterday and, as expected, saw two couples park their car, wander towards the gate and peer in. They stood and looked for a few minutes at the green turf, the yellow goal posts, and the stands surrounding McColl-Richardson Field. Maybe they came to imagine all that would come in 2013. Or, maybe they came to see all that had taken place in 2012.
A great sight, either way.
With the year coming to a close, though, it's fitting to look back at some of the top stories of 2012, these coming at you in chronological order. Cue "Auld Lang Syne".
These are just some of the great moments in 2012. Personally, that Aug. 27th date, when the players first gathered in the hall outside their locker room - with media cameras on them - ready to run up the ramp and out to the practice fields for their first workouts, that is still my favorite day of this year. Surreal, one player called it.
You may have your favorite, as well. And it may not even be highlighted above. There were so many to choose from - including more coaching hires, more games being scheduled and more players being added to the roster. Maybe your big moment lives in those practices and drills. Or in an early morning weight room session. Or talking in town about that football program that's right around the corner. Or unwrapping a 49ers jersey. Or seeing your kid's face light up when you first stepped inside the stadium.
The moments of 2012 are many and varied and can be very personal. And they all point in the same direction: 2013.
So here's to 2012. A memorable year just past. A historic year approaching.
Happy New Year.
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