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.
Jan. 5, 2013
By Tom Whitestone
It's finally here.
Back in 2006, when the Board of Trustees authorized the study of football, 2013 was seven years away. When Mac Everett was appointed to chair the Football Feasibility committee in 2007, how distant that first snap must have seemed - for those that dared to imagine.
In 2008, when students and alums marched through campus carrying a makeshift goal post, how close, but yet so far 49ers football really was. In 2009, as renderings of a stadium first appeared, football began to take shape - but 2013 was still four years away.
In 2010, as the 49ers celebrated the final hurdle in making football a reality, 2013 was, in truth, well off in the distance.
When Brad Lambert was hired in 2011, he must have wondered how he would manage two falls before he was back on the game sidelines. And in 2012, as our first signees were announced, still, how far 2013 remained.
There was equipment to order, and practices to run and a stadium to complete. So much to do. A weight room to outfit. Goalposts to put up. Turf to install.
The past year was a flurry of activity - which led us to now.
Opening day is less than a year away - less than eight months, really.
There is still plenty of work to be done - but Aug. 31, 2013 is no longer a distant vision.
You can see where the game will be played. You know many of the players. You've seen the teams on the schedule and the view from the seats. You've probably pulled together a good share of your tailgating gear.
Now, it's all right around the corner.
This is the Year of 49ers Football.
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