Garrett Celek and Trenton Robinson are bound for the Super Bowl. The two 49ers rookies will be playing in the biggest game of their lives in two weeks against the AFC Champions, the Baltimore Ravens.
San Francisco clinched the Super Bowl berth with a win over the NFC South Division champs, the Atlanta Falcons, by a score of 28-24. Celek played at tight end, but did not have any stats. He did draw a personal foul penalty from Atlanta linebacker Stephen Nicholas, which set up a Colin Kaepernick touchdown throw. Safety Trenton Robinson was not active for the game.
Celek’s road to the Super Bowl has not been an easy one. Signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent, he began San Francisco’s training camp as a raw rookie. But with a lot of hard work and some instruction from his fellow tight ends, Celek improved, eventually earning a roster spot. He was a presence for most of the year on the 49ers, catching a pass here and there, blocking on run plays and working hard. Celek’s teammates and coaches took notice over the course of the season and think highly of the rookie.
San Francisco drafted Robinson in the sixth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The safety saw some playing time in the preseason and regular season, but has mostly been on the “Not Active” list throughout the season.
In other Michigan State news, two Spartans were signed this week. Wide receiver Devin Thomas, formerly of the Redskins, Panthers and Giants, was signed by the Detroit Lions. Second-year offensive tackle D.J. Young, formerly a Cardinal and a Brown, was signed by the Jets.
Spartan Nation would also like to recognize Jimmy Raye (Senior Offensive Assistant for the Buccaneers) and Pat Shurmur (recently named the Eagles’ Offensive Coordinator) as MSU alumni doing great things in the NFL.