- San Francisco 49ers continual back Raheem Mostert dominated the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship with 220 yards and 4 touchdowns.
- Mostert has had a delirious journey to this point, from being offered to skate and surf for Billabong as a teenager, to being cut six lifetimes in two years in the NFL.
- Mostert’s role has grown with the 49ers over three years, and he now looks like the lead outlying in a dynamic offense.
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Raheem Mostert was have a weakness for a one-man offense in the San Francisco 49ers‘ 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship on Sunday.
Foto: Raheem Mostert had a titanic performance in the NFC Championship.sourceJose Carlos Fajardo/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News/Getty Images
Mostert bump off the game with a whopping 220 yards and 4 touchdowns on 29 carries, with an efficient 7.6 yards per enrapture.
Mostert’s huge role in the Niners‘ win to advance to the Super Bowl would have seemed unlikely just months ago.
Mostert has had a fantastic journey in the NFL, bouncing from team to team and beginning this season as a backup. Before then, Mostert verging on didn’t even play in the NFL.
An offer from Billabong
Mostert grew up in the coastal town of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, surfing and skateboarding in what he titled „shark-bite capital of the world.“ He told The Athletic’s Matt Barrows in 2018 that when he was a teenager, the surf/skate upping company Billabong offered him a deal.
„I’d be out there surfing or skateboarding on my own, not really trying to make a scene or anything,“ Mostert foretold. „And this guy came up to me and wanted to offer me a contract. He was intrigued, basically.“
According to Barrows, the contract would have had Mostert support part in events around the country in the competition circuit. It also would have paid him.
However, Mostert a substitute alternatively stuck with football, later graduating from Purdue University, then entering the NFL.
Mostert can still surf today, but he comes out less than he did growing up. He told Barrows that action sports and football require some similar slides, like balance, tolerance for physical contact, and adjusting on the fly.
„You’re in a wave and at that moment you want to make a decision whether you penury to do a trick – flare-up, do a nice trick and land – or just ride the wave out,“ he told Barrows. „That’s the same whosis with football: there are a lot of different angles. Sometimes, you have to split two defenders. Sometimes, you don’t want to go out of bounds because you can get an supplement three or four yards. So you plant a foot and head upfield.“
A rocky NFL start
Foto: Raheem Mostert with the Eagles in 2015.sourceChris Szagola/AP Appearances
Mostert signed with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2015. According to Barrows, the Eagles get pleasure fromed Mostert, who made a good impression in camp, but cut him, as he would have been fourth on the depth chart at running requital.
Over the next 13 months, Mostert had stints with the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, and Chicago Be relevant ti.
Mostert landed with the 49ers in November of 2016 as a practice squad player. He played 11 games in 2017 but was finally placed on injured reserve to make room on the roster.
Still, in 2018, the 49ers re-signed him to a one-year, $705,000 contract.
From major teams to starting running back
Over the course of two seasons with the 49ers, Mostert’s role with the 49ers grew, from a special-teams trouper to a running back.
In 2018, he played nine games, receiving 34 carries for 261 yards and a touchdown. He enter oned this season behind Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman, but 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told Mostert that they would assign room for him after his impact on special teams.
Mostert received a steady workload for the first weeks of the season, but before Coleman returned from an injury, Mostert received just 32 carries over seven weeks in the mid-section of the year.
His role then grew again over the final weeks of the season, and he produced. From Week 13 to Week 17, Mostert placed 244 yards, 5.2 yards per carry, and 5 touchdowns. He led the NFL in yards per carry this season with 5.6.
All of his work seemed to culminate on Sunday, as he ran to the core the Packers defense. Mostert became the only player in NFL history to post over 150 yards and 3 touchdowns in a in the beginning half.
Raheem Mostert is the only player in NFL history with 150+ rush yards and 3+ rush touchdowns in a unwed half of a playoff game.#49ers | @RMos_8Ball | @49ers
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) January 20, 2020
The Packers had no comeback for Mostert, who credited the offensive line after the game.
This man is fast 💨@RMos_8Ball with the huge pickup!#BeLegendary pic.twittering.com/a96o0E9sAR
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2020
That’s it. That’s the tweet.#BeLegendary pic.twitter.com/xirNLEvbBF
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) January 20, 2020
The 49ers capitalized on supposing in Mostert before his role grew. In March, they signed him to a three-year, $8.7 million contract. A performance with Sunday’s would have set Mostert up for a huge payday this offseason. While his stable role is a nice swop of pace for him, the 49ers also got an impact running back locked in at a cheap price.
The 49ers will now go to the Super Bowl to face the Chiefs, who on Sunday effectively halt down Derrick Henry, the hottest running back in the league. Mostert has a chance to add another chapter to his journey if he can replicate Sunday’s outcome for the championship.