The San Francisco 49ers today announced that second-year CB Leon McFadden has been promoted to the active roster. A player that was elevated from the team’s practice squad, McFadden will now get his opportunity to showcase his skills in San Francisco. Originally a third-round draft pick (No. 68) of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, McFadden was waived and then picked up by the New York Jets shortly thereafter.
It couldn’t have happened to a better individual – it has been a long road for McFadden, who has plenty of promise. Over the past few months, I have had the pleasure of getting to know the former San Diego State product. McFadden, who attended San Diego State, my alma mater, lived in the same dorms as me in lovely Cuicacalli. As I was wearing my SDSU hat one day McFadden says, “Hey you went to SDSU?” I confirmed yes, and that’s where it all started.
I can tell you firsthand that McFadden is a humble individual. He always wears a smile on his face and never once talked about himself but rather how he can make the team better. I asked McFadden back in September what it’s like being on the team’s practice squad and he said, “I’m just working hard, trying to do what I can to help this team win.” The ultimate team player, it’s no wonder McFadden has worked his way into the 53-man rotation. I then asked McFadden what his thoughts were playing under DC Vic Fangio and McFadden said,”It’s great, Coach Fangio is a smart coach, they have a great coaching staff here.”
However, McFadden does get withdrawals from not living in lovely SoCal. He misses Trujillos, my fraternity’s Phi Psi burrito, and carne asada fries. “It’s the bomb,” McFadden said.
In 16 career games, McFadden has recorded 19 tackles and one pass break-up.
With McFadden now getting his chance to shine, it will be interesting to see what role he plays as the cornerback position continues to work through some injuries.