As the 49ers inch toward a game against the Jaguars at Wembley Stadium in London, the man whose name sounds like a publishing house could soon be entering the NFL’s record books.
Via Bill Williamson of ESPN.com, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson will become the first man to travel to London for two NFL games in the same year.
Last month, Bethel-Thompson was the third quarterback on Minnesota’s roster. After Josh Freeman signed with the Vikings, Bethel-Thompson was released. The 49ers then claimed him on waivers.
Making Bethel-Thompson’s situation even more compelling is that his 93-year-old grandfather, Wilbur “Moose” Thompson, won the gold medal in the shot put in the 1948 Olympics at Wembley Stadium.
“It was cool to be a part of that, the whole process of being in the same stadium as my grandfather,” Bethel-Thompson told Williamson. “The second thing, it was just a very cool environment.”
Bethel-Thompson will get a second crack at that environment. Unless, of course, the 49ers decide to make yet another adjustment to their quarterback depth chart.
Since August 31, they’ve cut Seneca Wallace, Scott Tolzein, B.J. Daniels, and John Skelton.