Ex-49ers earn Super Bowl rings with Giants

Ex-49ers earn Super Bowl rings with Giants
February 6, 2012, 5:31 pm
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Two former 49ers and a 2009 draft pick of the 49ers will be getting Super Bowl rings as members of the New York Giants. The only former 49ers player on the New England Patriots is defensive end Andre Carter, who is on injured reserve and did not play.
Center David Baas: The 49ers selected Baas with the 33rd overall pick (first selection of the second round) in the 2005 draft. It wasn't until 2009 that Baas became the full-time starter at left guard with the 49er. In 2010, he moved to center and started all 16 games.Baas was named the back-to-back winner of the Bobb McKittrick Award as the 49ers lineman who best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment of the long-time line coach.It appeared Baas would return to the 49ers for the 2011 season when he flew cross country from Florida to take part in one day of "Camp Alex." But when free agency opened, the Giants came through with a five-year, 27.5 million contract that included 11.5 million guaranteed.The 49ers were not interested in competing with those dollar figures.Baas started 11 games for the Giants this season and had an up-and-down season. But he played well Sunday in Super Bowl XLVI. He started and played every offensive snap of the Giants' 21-17 victory over the Patriots in Indianapolis.Quarterback David Carr: Carr also took part in the "Camp Alex" sessions, saying he felt good about his future with the 49ers after the arrival of the new coaching staff.After the lockout concluded, the 49ers released Carr with one season remaining on his two-year contract. He returned to the Giants on a one-year contract to serve as Eli Manning's backup. Because Manning, the Super Bowl MVP, was the only Giants quarterback to attempt a pass all season, Carr was never needed.Tight end Bear Pascoe: Officially, he's not considered a former 49er because he never made the team's regular-season roster. But Pascoe, who played collegiately at Fresno State, had a forgettable 2009 training camp with the 49ers after arriving as a sixth-round draft pick.Pascoe's confidence took a pounding during his summer with the 49ers. He struggled as a pass-catcher and as a blocker. There was one memorable scene on the practice field in which Pascoe was matched up against camp invitees in a one-on-one pass rush drill.Pascoe whiffed on his block, and then-tight ends coach Pete Hoener bellowed out like a baseball umpire, "Strike one!" He instructed Pascoe to remain in the drill against another pass-rusher. When Pascoe struggled again, Hoener added a few decibels with a call of "Strike two!" And when Pascoe again failed, Hoener went into full theatrics with a cry of "Steeee-rike three! You're outta here!"A couple weeks later, Pascoe was outta there. The 49ers released him and opted to retain undrafted tight end Joe Jon Finley on the practice squad, instead.Pascoe has clearly gotten the last laugh, though. He latched on with the Giants practice squad in 2009 and saw action in four games late in the season.The past two years, Pascoe has played in all but one game and started 22 times. He caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the Giants' victory over the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game two weeks ago. And he finished the Super Bowl as the Giants' only healthy tight end and caught each of the four passes thrown his way for 33 yards.