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Reuben Foster hung up on the Saints when the 49ers picked him

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New 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was so close to becoming new Saints linebacker Reuben Foster that he was on the phone with Saints officials making plans to go to New Orleans when he got the call informing him he was heading to San Francisco.

“I clicked over for the San Francisco 49ers and I think I said, ‘Hello?’ while the New Orleans Saints were still on the line. But I wanted to be a 49er so bad,” Foster said today.

Foster said that while the Seahawks were on the clock with the 31st pick, the Saints informed him that they were taking him 32nd. When 49ers General Manager John Lynch called, Foster initially thought Lynch was calling to tell him that the 49ers would take him in the second round, and Foster started to tell Lynch that the Saints were taking him with the last pick in the first round.

“They wanted to pick me but it was too late,” Foster said. “I told John Lynch it was too late.”

That’s when Lynch explained to Foster that the 49ers had traded up with the Seahawks. Foster said he was excited and thought the 49ers were the best team for him.

Foster said the Saints were so sure that they would pick Foster that not only were the Saints’ football people talking to him about the role he was going to play on their defense, but a Saints official called Foster’s girlfriend to talk to her about making a home in New Orleans.

Asked if he had to have an awkward conversation with the Saints after Lynch got through to tell him he wouldn’t be going to New Orleans after all, Foster answered, “No. I hung up.”

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44 Responses to “Reuben Foster hung up on the Saints when the 49ers picked him”
  1. bighoser says: Apr 28, 2017 6:17 PM

    He probably had to guzzle another gallon of water. It’s hard to talk on the phone at the same time so I totally get it…

  2. fordbw says: Apr 28, 2017 6:18 PM

    Lol! The Saints got Trubiskied!

  3. hrmlss says: Apr 28, 2017 6:19 PM

    WOW! Counting chickens before the eggs hatched!

  4. nbaq49 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:19 PM

    Welcome.

  5. ishallcomment says: Apr 28, 2017 6:19 PM

    I imagine this actually happens quite a bit with the delay

  6. greg3117 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:21 PM

    Good phone manners.

  7. realfann says: Apr 28, 2017 6:23 PM

    Now that’s funny

  8. fordbw says: Apr 28, 2017 6:23 PM

    And maybe the reason the Niners traded up to grab Foster is because the Saints were blabbing to everyone that they were going to take him? You never make that call to a player until your team is on the clock!

  9. skinsfan91 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:24 PM

    Whats he supposed to do? One just gave him a job the other can do nothing for him at that point.

  10. bondlake says: Apr 28, 2017 6:24 PM

    Classy guy.

  11. deneb1973 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:24 PM

    I suddenly really like Reuben Foster and hope he is the defensive rookie of the year!

  12. j972 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:24 PM

    LOL

  13. niners816 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:25 PM

    Haha, that’s ruthless. Funny though. If he can stay healthy and keep his mind on his on the field business, he’ll be a stud.

  14. saintswillwin says: Apr 28, 2017 6:26 PM

    He will fit in well with the classless 40-whiners!

  15. abninf says: Apr 28, 2017 6:28 PM

    Good for him. There’s a lot of gentle people in San Francisco with flowers in their hair.

  16. BraceForImpact says: Apr 28, 2017 6:28 PM

    Well probably a stretch to say he “wanted to be a 49er so bad” – and that’s coming from a Niner fan – but I’m extremely happy Lynch pulled the trigger.

  17. 49ersfury says: Apr 28, 2017 6:29 PM

    Welcome to the Greatest Franchise in the history of the NFL Reuben Foster. Wish we had Mike Singletary or Jim Leavitt still here to coach you up.

    everybody should YouTube the 1988 49ers Browns game. The two best teams in the league at that point. The game was close, blow for blow and then the Browns CB Hanford Dixon- great CB by the way, started to bark on a 49er WR(Mike Wilson) and it was on. 49ers turnt all the way up after that and ran those clowns out of Candlestick. Also in that game you will see why Joe Montana, Jerry Rice,Ronnie Lott, Michael Carter, and Charles Haley were the Greatest to ever play their positions, and why Rathman and Craig should be in the Hall of Fame.

    The greatness of the 49ers is in their past, present, and future. Kings of The Bay, Kings of Cali – The World’s Team.

  18. mikebyrne1502 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:41 PM

    Good story to tell the grand kids.

  19. thrifty says: Apr 28, 2017 6:42 PM

    What a loser. He deserves to go to SF.

  20. internetcommenter7 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:43 PM

    49ersfury says:
    Apr 28, 2017 6:29 PM
    Welcome to the Greatest Franchise in the history of the NFL Reuben Foster. Wish we had Mike Singletary or Jim Leavitt still here to coach you up.

    everybody should YouTube the 1988 49ers Browns game. The two best teams in the league at that point. The game was close, blow for blow and then the Browns CB Hanford Dixon- great CB by the way, started to bark on a 49er WR(Mike Wilson) and it was on. 49ers turnt all the way up after that and ran those clowns out of Candlestick. Also in that game you will see why Joe Montana, Jerry Rice,Ronnie Lott, Michael Carter, and Charles Haley were the Greatest to ever play their positions, and why Rathman and Craig should be in the Hall of Fame.

    The greatness of the 49ers is in their past, present, and future. Kings of The Bay, Kings of Cali – The World’s Team.

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    Not one of Montana, Rice, Lott, Carter, or Haley is the best to ever play his position.

  21. stucats says: Apr 28, 2017 6:44 PM

    49ersfury,

    Greatest franchise in the history of the NFL, past, present and future……lol, have you watched your sad sack team the last few years?

    please send me some of that wacky tabaccy!

  22. laserw says: Apr 28, 2017 6:47 PM

    Few things make me happier than when a spoiled athlete who has been pampered and had his life all done for him by his university finds out that he is going to a place he didn’t want to go when drafted.

    Good move, 49ers. Screw the Aints.

  23. gsosings says: Apr 28, 2017 6:48 PM

    Uhh.. 49rsfury – realism is such a lost art.
    I could add much more but .. nah

  24. twmp420 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:52 PM

    Happy to have him.

    Looks like maybe we have a decent front office again.

    That’s until Jed starts trying to help again.

  25. MostlyRight says: Apr 28, 2017 6:55 PM

    Aldon Smith all over again. Great when on the field, but not on the field often due to being a knucklehead.

  26. BraceForImpact says: Apr 28, 2017 6:56 PM

    abninf says:
    Apr 28, 2017 6:28 PM

    Good for him. There’s a lot of gentle people in San Francisco with flowers in their hair.

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    Yeah back in the 60’s. Now it’s a dichotomy between the uber rich and those who will stab you in the face if you look at them funny.

  27. milkcan44 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:01 PM

    Appears to have similar talent to Ray Lewis – and equal amount of brains, class and manners.

  28. radrntn says: Apr 28, 2017 7:05 PM

    at 6’0 225lbs please let me know where is he going to play?

  29. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Apr 28, 2017 7:06 PM

    It’d be funny if the girlfriend wound up in New Orleans with the Saints official who was smooth talking her about moving there.

  30. radrntn says: Apr 28, 2017 7:08 PM

    Rookie GM, Rookie Head Coach= moving up to get a guy everybody else passed on, and giving the Seahawks 6 picks today- brilliant rookies!

  31. blowfishes says: Apr 28, 2017 7:08 PM

    Never been a fan, but I loved the genuineness of his press conference. Seemed a nice guy.

  32. killitandeatit says: Apr 28, 2017 7:12 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation ! LOL…

  33. 26predator says: Apr 28, 2017 7:15 PM

    Hilarious!

  34. ninermadman says: Apr 28, 2017 7:23 PM

    If he is healthy and can keep his wits about him, he could be a great player for a very long time. Glad the Niners took the risk when they did. Welcome to the Niner Nation.

  35. what1996 says: Apr 28, 2017 7:27 PM

    I don’t know why anyone would think about “building a home” in New orleans after what happened to DE Will Smith and the slap on the wrist the courts gave him.

    I know SF isn’t exactly crime-free, but i’ll take my chances there than be wealthy in NOLA.

  36. TheBrownswillstinkagain says: Apr 28, 2017 7:39 PM

    That is freaking hilarious. I hung up on them

  37. nfliferfan22 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:07 PM

    Last time I checked Niners still have 5 trophies in there case and were in the superbowl only 4 years ago.. Yeah that must really suck when most haven’t ever won! Keep hating you faggy trolls from your basements!

  38. diehardfootballfan says: Apr 28, 2017 8:15 PM

    I was watching his press conference and the kid couldn’t put a decent sentence together. It was embarrassing to see him babble like an idiot.

  39. stexan says: Apr 28, 2017 8:28 PM

    All things considered, I think he hung up on the wrong team.

  40. dtroxallday says: Apr 28, 2017 8:45 PM

    saintswillwin says:
    Apr 28, 2017 6:26 PM
    He will fit in well with the classless 40-whiners!
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    Says a fan of the team who’d have picked him next.

  41. selliott504 says: Apr 28, 2017 9:15 PM

    This is one of those stories that is better not repeated.
    Smacks of a spin to explain his obvious shock at t he change of destinations. Clumsy cover and embarrassing for SF.

    The tape doesn’t lie – he looked absolutely stunned – and not in a good way – when Lynch told him he was going to the ‘Niners and not the SAINTS.

    Roll the tape and judge for yourself.

  42. omeimontis says: Apr 29, 2017 1:40 AM

    It will cost this guy a lot more to make a home in Frisco. Even San Jose/Santa Clara is very expensive. May be they will be renting an apartment for now, but even that is not cheap. LOL

  43. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Apr 29, 2017 2:18 AM

    Mickey Loomis needs to stay away from the poker table at the casino…Only he tips his hand so openly, that the player sitting across the room can still see it….John Lynch is a genius.

  44. balt88 says: Apr 30, 2017 4:26 PM

    Yup, cause when you think of San Francisco you think of football…

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