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49ers’ Dre Greenlaw aims to continue learning, build off impressive rookie season

May 28, 2020 at 7:13 AM--

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw couldn't have scripted a better ending to his rookie regular season. His game-ending hit on Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister at the goal line not only lifted the 49ers to their first win in Seattle since 2011, but it earned them the NFC West crown and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

Greenlaw joined ESPN's NFL Live on Wednesday morning and shared that he's probably watched that play about 20 times. It's a moment he won't soon forget.

"I've actually watched it quite a few times, just from everybody sending it in, and just from family members," Greenlaw told Wendi Nix. "So I've watched it a few times, more closely after the season and after the Super Bowl. But I definitely watched it at least 20-plus times."

There are probably a lot of Niner fans who have come close to watching it that many times too. It's certainly one of the more memorable and meaningful 49ers plays from last season.

We all know what happened after that. The 49ers went on to win their two home playoff games and represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV. Unfortunately for Greenlaw and his teammates, San Francisco fell just short of a championship, falling victim to an impressive comeback by quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Greenlaw took over the weak-side linebacker spot after Kwon Alexander suffered a torn pectoral against the Arizona Cardinals during Week 9. The linebacker finished his rookie season with 92 tackles, three for a loss, two quarterback hits, a sack, an interception, and two passes defensed, per Pro Football Reference.

While defensive teammate Alexander continues to promote San Francisco's 2020 campaign as a "Legendary Revenge Tour," Greenlaw isn't letting the heartbreaking Super Bowl defeat change his mindset from a year ago.

"My mindset is kind of similar to my rookie year," Greenlaw shared. "Just go in there, learn as much as possible, continue to learn, and really just build off of my rookie season, pick up where I left off.

"Guys like Kwon, guys like Fred (Warner), we've got those guys in the room, and just learning from those guys, the steps that they made throughout this process, and just try to take it all in."

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