THE FINAL 49:
We take a moment during each of the Final 49 weeks until Kickoff 2013 to look at various aspects of the Charlotte 49ers football program.
Run This Town
May 5, 2013
By Tom Whitestone
This past week, the 49ers hosted their annual All Sports Banquet, handing out MVP and other teams awards for the 2012-13 season.
Football was recognized at the event, with a cool video set to "Run This Town" by Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna. But, there were no awards to hand out, just plenty of award-winning moments.
The moments started in August, heading out to the practice field for the very first time for early season conditioning -- with no pads, no gear -- just teammates -- ready to work.
Less than a month later -- with cameras rolling to record the moment -- gear was added and the 49ers held their very first real football practice.
Once the stadium was completed, the team ran out onto the game field for the very first time, with some players rolling around on the turf like little kids.
Nearly 3,000 fans came out for a Fall Finale at the end of the fall season -- to watch the team's last practice and pay tribute to the effort put forth by a team with plenty of practices and no games.
"Im addicted to the thrill"
After a winter in the weight room, the team emerged again in the spring -- bigger and stronger and ready to join the rotation of every other program around the country by preparing for an upcoming fall season.
The spring season was capped by an extraordinary April 20 - with over 13,000 fans enjoying a Spring Game that included touchdown passes and runs, sacks and interceptions and plenty of pre- and post-game tailgating.
For Niner Nation, it was a day like no other. It was a 49ers Football Game Day.
Of course, this coming fall, the stadium will bustle like a hornet's nest as true Football Game Days are welcomed to campus. Fans will file in and out of Gates 1-5, congregate on the concourse and settle into their hand-picked seats around the stadium.
The excitement around the program has continued to climb through each phase of the start up program -- with new fans buying tickets, visiting campus and talking about the 49ers.
To go along with the practices and scrimmages, there have been public appearances, alumni gatherings and community service projects. There have been tours of the stadium, media interviews and plenty of good old-fashioned conversation.
Next year, we will have awards. We will have record-setting plays. We will have lines of stats and results and plays that will live on in our minds.
This year, we didn't have awards or record-setting plays -- but we did have many of those same magic moments.
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