49ers rookie Quinton Patton shows up too early for work, sent home

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Yes, you read that correctly.

49ers rookie wide receiver Quinton Patton, eager to begin work with his new team, flew from Nashville to San Francisco at his own expense Monday to work out with the club. However, the 49ers sent home the fourth-round pick from Louisiana Tech before he arrived at the club’s facilities.

According to 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, who told the story on KNBR-AM in San Francisco on Wednesday, Patton would not have been able to take part in the club’s rookie minicamp from May 10 through May 12 if he arrived this week. According to Harbaugh, NFL rookies can be present at a club’s facilities right after they are drafted, but Patton was arriving after that period of time. (For those interested in hearing the story,  Harbaugh’s remarks begin at about the eight-minute mark at the above link. Also, a hat tip to the 49ers for mentioning Patton’s interesting journey on Twitter.)

In the interview, Harbaugh joked that Patton’s trip was “probably the best money that he’s ever spent,” given how the story would now be associated with his desire to play the game and would be told time and again if he has a long career.

That said, Harbaugh’s respect for the rookie was clear.

“The fact that he would buy his own ticket, fly out here, just to me speaks volumes about him,” Harbaugh said. “I mean, to be honest with you, he reminds me of me. That’s something I would have done.”

And Harbaugh’s enthusiasm about Patton’s enthusiasm was clear, too.

“Isn’t that awesome?” Harbaugh said.

52 responses to “49ers rookie Quinton Patton shows up too early for work, sent home

  1. I like your moxie kid! He’s jumped AJ Jenkins on the depth chart and all he had to do was take a plane trip.

  2. Contrast Patton’s early arrival to that of Michael Crabtree his rookie year. Held out, showed up late, didn’t really show up until his third year in the league. Somehow I think that Patton will have an impact earlier in his career.

  3. Funny story, I can’t wait for this guy to be a contributor in the future. Maybe we let Crabs walk (because who knows how much money he will want in 2 years) and hopefully Patton won’t be a huge drop-off. This does speak volumes about his character and the 49er Faithful will not forget it.

  4. That few hundred bucks (especially when youre about to get a check for at least a hundred thousand) was good money spent. Puts him in favor with the staff and the fans…even if it was him being stupid.

  5. Jim Harbaugh just totally smeared this guy publicly…saying Patton reminded him of himself…

  6. Or it shows that he is completely ignorant for not checking beforehand. I wonder if he checks his fly before leaving the bathroom.

  7. Got to love it baby, like Kevin Hart says “everybody wanna be rich no one wanna put in work”
    This kid is ready to put in work and I’m sure it’s about to make him RICH

  8. he’s not able to participate in mini camp because his school hasn’t had graduation yet. happens EVERY year. not that hard to remember or put in the story

  9. As a Seahawks fan, I was really hoping we drafted this kid. Of course, our most hated rival picks him up instead. However, I have little doubt Patton will be a solid player and I believe Baalke and company got good value in the 4th round.

  10. This is how you draft. Find guys who want to work hard and are not preoccupied with signing bonuses.
    He’ll get his once he proves himself.
    Just like the rest of the world….

  11. Thats what im talking about!! It does not matter if your a 9er fan or not. When it comes to a rookie making a decision like this, you can only appreciate.

    Sounds like Kap deciding to drive down to team headquarters from Turlock hours after being drafted!!!

    Some people say they love the game others show it!! I love this kid already!!!!

  12. This should help to quell some of the character concerns that in part caused his ‘fall’ to the forth round.

  13. This is “Complete Dedication!” This young man deserves the respect of the entire NFL Universe. Not many people would do what he has done. As time goes by, it’s going to be interesting to witness how his career progresses.

  14. I wish every professional athlete had that kind of unselfish desire just like the Adrian Peterson’s, Peyton Manning’s, and Tom Brady’s of the world and I suppose even Aaron Rodgers even though I’m a Viking’s fan and he plays for the Packers. I know there are many others out there, but we hear to often about the bad players( at least the stuff they do off the field) than we do the good things players do off the field.

  15. That’s something a great father, pastor, or coach taught this kid that’s a great story. Just became a fan of this kids’.
    Geno take note this is how to act.

  16. This guy is a steal for a 4th round pick.plus there are worse things than showing up early to work like showing up late or not showing up at all…

  17. I guess one could say, Patton attacked that day with enthusiasm unknown to mankind…

    Or rather, “enthusiasm that is heavily restricted by the rules in the current CBA.”

  18. Harbaugh said it all. That’s freaking awesome, especially in a league full of whining, complaining, diva wide receivers. Hopefully he’s successful and maintains that mentality.

  19. He just earned himself a tie breaker. If final cuts roll around and he’s tied with some other rookie for the last roster spot, this is gonna be the tie breaker.

  20. I love Jim’s positive spin in making sure that what could be construed as an embarrassing event is instead thought/talked about as a positive, character revealing event.

    That said, a quick call ahead woulda been wise.

  21. Umm, Jim? It’s really not awesome!

    What it means is Patton can’t read or follow directions!

    Kinda like jumping off sides every game because he’s stoked to be a niner!

  22. as a Hawks fan I hate anything related to the FortyWhiners. As a football fan, I love the story. Sad indictment on sports fans when this thread has almost no action, yet the next team to publicly reject Tebow will have hundreds of comments.

    on a related note…. where was this kids agent to tell him NFL policy and save him the 500 dollar ticket?

    Kind of funny, Revis can hold out time and again for extra millions when he HAS a contract with very little repercussions, but this youngster is not allowed to show up and do some work. SMH

  23. As for first impressions I think he me one helluva impression on the coaching staff in SF. Great for him. He is on my watch list. As Harbaugh said, that is pretty awesome.

  24. Sounds admirable, but shouldn’t he be in the final weeks of classes or taking exams like all College students. At the very least it is a violation of the NFL rules until he is done. Some players especially from out West can’t come to Minicamp because of this rule.

  25. Should of just stopped over to uncle Jerry’s house. AJ isn’t doomed yet but Patton is hungry and talented. Jerry reached out to the wrong kid. I bet when Jerry hears of this he will invite him back out to train and run the hill. I hope Jim sent Quinton back home with a playbook or something that he can mentally work on. This kid is going after “IT”.

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