What Aiyuk gifted the 49ers cameraman after a mishap during the celebration originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SANTA CLARA — Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk had something special for 49ers senior video producer Nick Schebetta at team headquarters Wednesday.
Yes, it was a football.
But this time the delivery was a lot less painful.
“We’re good,” Aiyuk told NBC Sports Bay Area after presenting Schebetta with the second of his two touchdown footballs from the 49ers’ 38-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City on Monday night.
Aiyuk scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass from Jimmy Garoppolo late in the third quarter. He celebrated by shooting the ball through the back of the end zone.
Aiyuk didn’t intend to hit anyone with his throw. But the ball hit Schebetta, who was shooting video while kneeling.
The ball came dangerously close to a specific sensitive part of Schebetta’s torso. Fortunately, he adjusted his attitude somewhat and avoided a situation that could have been much more serious.
Schebetta narrowly escaped a generational injury and Aiyuk clearly felt bad about his misplaced missile.
Meanwhile, coach Kyle Shanahan had a different reaction.
“It was hilarious,” said Shanahan. “I thought it was very funny. Glad he wasn’t hurt, but I’m glad BA handled it well.
Show that he is a caring person. He wasn’t too excited. It kind of ruined his touchdown dance, but I think he felt bad about it.
Aiyuk said it would have been much worse if the ball hit someone he didn’t know. Schebetta has played with the 49ers since 2017.
“You don’t want to hit anyone,” Brandon Aiyuk said. “I’m just glad it was one of us. It was easier to track him down because he is here with us.”
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Schebetta’s Monday was bad enough as he was dealing with a case of food poisoning.
At least now he has quite a memento of the team’s – and his – momentous trip to Mexico City.
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