Sakamoto: Parys Haralson Named 49ers Director of Player Engagement

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The San Francisco 49ers have brought back a familiar face to the organization as former player OLB Parys Haralson was named the team’s Director of Player Engagement.

“Parys is a young man who represented himself and our organization very well, both on and off the field,” said 49ers GM Trent Baalke. “Less than two years removed from the game, Parys has great knowledge of what players experience in today’s NFL and what is needed for them to be successful in their professional and personal lives. We look forward to our team benefitting from his insight and support.”

“Under Haralson’s direction, player engagement will continue to develop programs designed to assist players in making a smooth transition in and out of professional football as well as life skills development, financial education, post career and occupational development, continued education and degree completion.”

A fifth-round pick (No. 140) in the 2006 NFL Draft, Haralson has always been well received inside the team’s locker room.

“Parys is a hard-worker,” RB Frank Gore said after Haralson was traded to the New Orleans Saints. “He’s good in the locker room. He’s just a good dude.”

In 8 playing seasons in the NFL, Haralson has played for two teams; 49ers and New Orleans Saints, while recording 267 tackles, 28.0 sacks, 3 forced fumbles.

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