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49ers sixth-rounder Kenneth Acker signs his contract with a flourish

With draft picks signing deals with their new teams all over the place over the last week, things have started to run together without much standing out.

Enter cornerback Kenneth Acker. Acker was selected by the 49ers in the sixth round of the draft and he signed his deal late last week in a way that makes him more memorable than the other players drafted that late in the process. Acker took a page from Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson by signing his deal with a quill pen, a moment captured by the 49ers and shared on their Twitter account.

While we miss the powdered wig or tri-corner hat often associated with people using pens like that to sign official documents, Acker still earns points for having some fun with an activity that’s usually about as mundane as one could imagine.

Memorable pen or not, Acker will now have to go about the business of trying to make the 49ers. He had seven interceptions and 159 tackles as a three-year starter at SMU and will be competing with the likes of Chris Culliver, Eric Wright, Perrish Cox, Chris Cook and 2014 fifth-rounder Keith Reaser for playing time in a 49ers cornerback group topped by Tramaine Brock.

UPDATE 9:22 a.m. ET: As pointed out by commenters and friends on Twitter, the quill pen is something of a 49ers tradition as opposed to Acker’s own take on contract signing. It’s a nice touch, so compliments to whoever thought it up.

[Photo credit: San Francisco 49ers]

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9 Responses to “49ers sixth-rounder Kenneth Acker signs his contract with a flourish”
  1. Randy Wilkins says: May 19, 2014 8:55 AM

    He isn’t the first Niner to use that pen. They’ve been using it since Bruce Miller signed his extension.

  2. hjb99992013 says: May 19, 2014 9:12 AM

    when he gets cut by the 49ers, I wonder if the 49ers use the same pen that signed the declaration of independance

  3. sonoco says: May 19, 2014 9:14 AM

    FYI, Keith Reaser is a red-shirt. He’s part of the 2014 All-ACL Team with Brandon Thomas and Trey Millard.

  4. spittabeatz says: May 19, 2014 9:20 AM

    Yea he isnt the 1st..only a couple have signed without that pen

  5. jimmyt says: May 19, 2014 9:20 AM

    Hey, in this day and age with electonric gizmos and such it’s nice to see a young person sign in cursive with anything not to mention a cool pen.

  6. ninerboi says: May 19, 2014 9:44 AM


  7. 9balthazar9 says: May 19, 2014 12:40 PM

    I own a small quill and inkwell set, and while I don’t use them that much, it does feel kind of old-school classy to dunk the ol’ feather into the ink before scrawling your name on an important document.

  8. micknangold says: May 19, 2014 12:47 PM

    That’s corny.

  9. thegreatgabbert says: May 19, 2014 6:23 PM

    Growing up Kenneth’s family was very poor and school supplies were scarce. But they did keep chickens in the back yard to supplement their food supply.

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