Maiocco: Mourning Loss of 'Niner Jan'


Maiocco: Mourning Loss of 'Niner Jan'

May 13, 2010


Matt Maiocco
It was early in my tenure as a 49ers beat reporter when I met her. There was a lady with red hair -- 49ers red, no less -- in the lobby of the teams offices with a floral arrangement in her hands.The previous day 49ers fullback William Floyd had sustained a serious knee injury. And Janette Boehm was at the teams practice facility early to deliver flowers and get-well wishes.I got to know Niner Jan or Niner Mom through her regular visits to the 49ers team offices to drop off care packages, including cookies and other goodies, to the team members and staff. Several years ago, she began sending me her Christmas letter, which read like a State of the 49ers address. We also carried on a regular dialogue via email.She took being a fan to a whole different level of commitment, devotion, loyalty and unconditional support. As she stated in a profile that appeared two years ago on a national sports Web site, A true fan stands by his or her team whether its winning or losing games.The 49ers organization -- and everyone directly or indirectly associated with the team -- is feeling a major loss with the recent passing of Niner Jan. She was 76.Jan was arguably our most visible and outwardly supportive fan, but that is not why we are memorializing her, 49ers owner John York said. She helped each of us appreciate -- every single day -- what it meant to be a member of the 49ers. Underneath the red and gold attire was a woman who went out of her way to make everyone in our organization feel like a member of her family. She didnt just root for us on the field -- through winning seasons and less successful ones -- but she also rooted for us as individuals in our personal lives.Said offensive tackle Joe Staley: She would write us nice cards every year, and they were all personal. There was never a generic card. Everything was personalized. She really cared about the team, and its really sad that shes not going to be with us anymore, but shell always be with us in spirit.Services for Janette Boehm will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Martins Catholic Church, 593 Central Ave., and Old San Francisco Road, in Sunnyvale. Following the services, there will be a get-together at Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave., in San Jose.

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

Reid: National anthem protest accomplished goal of awareness

SANTA CLARA – Safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem last season, will not continue the protest this season.

Reid said Wednesday they achieved their goal of bringing attention to racial inequality in the United States.

“When we started doing that, our goal was to open up the floor to conversation. I believe we’ve achieved that goal,” Reid said. “So now we just want to move forward and just partner with people that’s trying to make a change.

“We accomplished that goal. People talked about it. I think we raised a lot of awareness about issues in this country. And now it’s time to move on to just affecting change.”

Reid and Harold are back with the 49ers, while Kaepernick remains a free agent. The 49ers have expressed no interest in retaining Kaepernick after opting to sign free-agent quarterback Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, instead.

“I stay in touch with him,” Reid said of Kaepernick. “I’m rooting for him. Obviously, he isn’t on a team, yet, but I’m rooting for him but hopefully he gets that call after the draft.

“It’s surprising. You see some of the other quarterbacks that have been signed around the league and why he hasn’t been, it’s just unfortunate.”

When asked if thought Kaepernick was paying the price for his protest, Reid answered, “I think so. It’s unfortunate, it’s sad. People want to shy away from him because of media, PR reasons.

“You’re doing something to better the world. I mean, the guy got a plane sent to Somalia to help with the famine there. He’s been doing things that if it were anybody else in a different situation without the anthem (protest), they’d be praising him and giving him awards for it.”


Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

Coming off Achilles injury, Bowman returns to 49ers practice at full speed

SANTA CLARA – NaVorro Bowman, who sustained a season-ending torn Achilles in Week 4 of the 2016 season, has been a full participant as the 49ers return to the practice field this week.

Bowman worked with the first team at middle linebacker Wednesday and appeared to move at top speed as the 49ers went through the second day of on-field workouts at a voluntary minicamp.

The 49ers, under new coach Kyle Shanahan, are allowed an extra voluntary minicamp as part of their offseason program. Bowman's return to the practice field was the highlight as the 49ers enter their third-week of the offseason program.

In other notes:

--The 49ers had tryouts with three unsigned veteran players: cornerback Steve Williams, and offensive linemen Tim Barnes and Kitt O’Brien.

--Wide receiver DeAndre Carter made the best catch of the day on a deep throw from quarterback Matt Barkley. Carter beat Williams on the reception.

--Defensive lineman Arik Armstead, who is a candidate to play the “Leo” position, was held out of competitive drills as he continues to recovery from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

--Ronald Blair lined up at the “Leo” position with the first-team defense and beat No. 2 right tackle Garry Gilliam for a sack in the “non-contract” drills. Aaron Lynch was at the “Leo” position with the second team.

--Tank Carradine lined up at the 5-technique, which is a position where the 49ers could target Stanford’s Solomon Thomas with the No. 2 overall pick.

--Kyle Juszczyk showed the versatility that prompted the 49ers to make him the highest-paid fullback in the league with several pass receptions during the 90-minute practice.

--Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson lined up at the cornerbacks with the first-team defense. Robinson made a leaping interception of a Brian Hoyer deep sideline pass against Rashad Ross during 7-on-7 drills.

--Hoyer and receiver Pierre Garçon teamed up for a 20-yard completion on the opening play of the 11-on-11 period.

--Wide receiver Bruce Ellington, who spent all of last season on injured reserve, did not practice due to a soft-tissue injury not related to his hamstring injury of a year ago.

--Offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah (soft tissue), tight end Je’Ron Hamm (leg), running back Raheem Mostert (soft tissue), linebacker Eli Harold (toe) and tight end Blake Bell (cut forehead) did not practice.