SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The son of a former major league baseball player and current coach, the new Dans Pettis, a broad recipient of the San Francisco 49ers, was unable to share his NFL moment with his father on Friday night.
Gary Pettis, who played eleven seasons in the majors, was busy coaching the third base for the Houston Astros against the Oakland Athletics while the second round of the NFL draft was being played.
"I have not talked to him yet." Dante Pettis said. "They're having a game right now, they just started about 20 minutes ago, hopefully he'll come in during one of the innings and, ya know, call me, so I have not talked to him yet." When this conversation takes place, Pettis can tell his dad that the 49ers have given him enough priority as a new weapon for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to have exchanged 1
San Francisco has picks # 74 to the Washington Redskins for Pick 44 and # 142. The Niners used this 44th pick on Pettis. At 6ft-1, Pettis would not look great for his position, but he's immediately one of the larger receivers on the roster. More importantly, Pettis had an extremely productive career in Washington. He has scored 22 touchdown passes over the past two seasons and was also a dynamic punt returner, posting an NCAA record with nine returns for touchdowns in his career.
Pettis paid a pre-design visit to the Niners and had a good idea Team was interested in designing it. In San Francisco, Pettis, who can position himself at one of the recipient positions, is likely to face Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin with people like Trent Taylor, Aldrick Robinson and Kendrick Bourne.
The athletic heritage of the Pettis family is not Not just Gary and Dante Pettis. Dante Pettis' cousin, Austin, was also a big recipient and a 2011 round of the third round of the then St. Louis Rams. Petty's brother, Kyle, is currently an actor performing in the soap opera Days of our Life. Pettis said a professional athlete as a father only helped pave the way for his own journey to the NFL.
"It was fantastic to grow up," said Pettis. "I've been in the professional business all my life, I'm already in the mood of the country, obviously football is a bit different than baseball, but for the most part, it's still a professional sport, they're all pretty good, I'm just excited, to be here now. "