From Staff Reports
When it comes to pro football loyalties, “one size does not fit all,” even in the home region of the Dallas Cowboys, the squad dubbed “America’s Team.” There are several groups of fans across the DFW Metroplex who are devoted to other NFL teams, including the San Francisco 49ers. (FYI–there are more than 7.3-million people living in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex–which is more than the population of 38 states!) One of the San Francisco booster groups, Niner DFW Empire Fan Club got together recently to meet and greet a 49ers player who’s living in Arlington, recovering from a season-ending injury.
San Francisco rookie running back JaMycal Hasty was the guest of honor at the fan club’s get together on Sunday, January 3, 2021, to watch the 49ers season ending game versus Seattle. It was a “Meet & Greet” organized by Carlton McConnell, CEO of Round the Clock Media & PR Firm. Dozens of Niner fans came out to the beautiful Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux, 401 E. Interstate 20 in Arlington. They got to “fist bump” with Hasty, take photos and get his autograph. The 24-year-old native of Longview, Texas, who played in eight games for San Francisco this past NFL season, broke his collarbone in a game in early November. He had surgery in the Bay Area then came back to Arlington, where his mother lives, to recover and to rehab from his injury.
Hasty, a free-agent from Baylor University, where he became among the top 12 rushers of all-time, impressed the 49ers enough to be signed to a two-year contract. His play and enthusiasm caught the attention of San Francisco fans and he quickly became a fan favorite on social media as well as mainstream sports media in the Bay area and beyond. During his time at Baylor, Hasty twice was chosen to the Big 12 All-Academic second team. He graduated with an undergraduate degree in health, kinesiology, and leisure studies in August 2018 and since then he’s been pursuing a Master’s degree.