How cool would it be to showcase your skills for the team that you rooted for growing up? Just ask LB Anthony Arguello. The La Verne product has been a Forever Faithful his entire life as his family has owned season tickets dating back to Kezar Stadium. How do I know this? Because I sat next to him for 20 plus years as our families became good friends in Lower Box Section 14 Row A.
A Richmond native, Arguello has always dreamed of playing for the San Francisco 49ers. From watching MLB Ken Norton Jr. to ILB Patrick Willis, Arguello has always been a fan of the defensive side of the ball. Now, he could follow in their footsteps as he had the opportunity to display his skills at the 49ers local pro day.
Arguello started playing football at the age of 8 and fell in love with the game since. A humble individual as he doesn’t say much off the field – his demeanor on the football field is a different story as he plays with a nasty mean-streak.
My boy, Anthony Arguello who used to watch #49ers games next to me at Candlestick for 20+ years will be participating at today’s Pro Day!
— Ryan Sakamoto (@SakamotoRyan) April 17, 2015
The linebacker spoke on his performance today and feels he did pretty well despite being a little star-struck by his favorite team. “It was like a dream come true,” Arguello told me. “That first 40 I had so much butterflies…but the second 40 I was cool, I kind of calmed down after that.”
Arguello who looked good in positional drills will try and catch on with an NFL team as his older brother Thomas continues to work for the Oakland Raiders.
Looking back when we were just two kids rooting for the 49ers in the 90’s– I never thought I would be interviewing him as beat writer while he lives out his dream after a successful 49ers pro day. How time flies.