Raheem Mostert stood on the stage Sunday at Levi’s Stadium with confetti raining down on him. The 49ers working again held the George Halas Trophy in his proper hand and his younger son in his left. For a second, he needed to soak within the surreal state of affairs he discovered himself in.
He locked eyes along with his spouse and his mother-in-law and admittedly shed just a few tears. What actually had him misplaced in all of it, although, was his son.
“The largest second for me was once I was holding my son up there,” Mostert stated Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “The Dan Le Batard Present with Stugotz.” “I felt like I used to be simply bringing two worlds collectively: Fatherhood and the sport of soccer. Not too many individuals get to expertise that feeling of getting their son up there.
“I actually needed to maintain it collectively. I actually loved it and embraced it.”
No person ever anticipated Mostert to be the one within the highlight after the 49ers set a date with Tremendous Bowl LIV in Miami by beating the Inexperienced Bay Packers 37-20 within the NFC Championship Sport. But it surely was Mostert, the identical participant who had been minimize by six groups with out carrying the ball as soon as, who was the star in San Francisco’s win.
The 27-year-old working again set a franchise document within the playoffs by dashing for 220 yards on 29 carries, and scored 4 touchdowns. As quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was requested to throw the ball solely eight occasions, Mostert was galloping to the tip zone.
If anybody did imagine Mostert could possibly be the star that pushed the 49ers to the Tremendous Bowl, it was his spouse. Whereas six groups gave up on him in a mere 18 months, she all the time stood by his aspect.
“That is actually who helped me by the tough occasions, man,” Mostert stated. “I really feel like I do not give her sufficient credit score, however she saved me in line, man, it doesn’t matter what. She all the time had perception and all the time had religion in me, even when these six different groups did not. Like I stated, I’ve to offer her all of the due as a result of she actually acquired my thoughts proper and actually helped me out mentally to get to the place I am at right now.”
Mostert acknowledges there have been some low occasions when crew after crew threw him to the aspect. He was an undrafted participant out of Purdue who solely rushed for 759 complete yards over his four-year school profession. However he endured.
His spouse made certain of that.
“Any person who’s within the league would know what I felt being minimize, and she or he actually did simply … did her half in serving to me carry to mild, ‘Hey look, you like this recreation of soccer such as you say you like it, proper? Nicely go on the market and do what you bought to do with the intention to achieve success,’ ” Mostert stated.
Mostert did not solely hand out credit score to his spouse, too. He made certain to precise his gratitude to his mother-in-law Michelle as effectively.
“I do know she was emotional and my mother-in-law, she’s right here in California, she shared that second with us too,” Mostert stated. “And I do know my mother-in-law, she was positively emotional as a result of she additionally helped me — she noticed what no person else noticed. She knew I could possibly be a particular individual and do the issues that I have been capable of do.
“They each have been emotional, and it caught as much as me as effectively.”
Mostert’s season has been one made for the massive display. Now he is one win away from a Tremendous Bowl ring and a sea of confetti to share along with his spouse, son and everybody else who has believed in him.
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