Cry Me a River, Michael Crabtree

S LCorrespondent IJune 12, 2009

SANTA CLARA, CA - MAY 01:  Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on at practice during the 49ers Minicamp at their training facilities on May 1, 2009 in Santa Clara, California. Crabtree was the 49ers first round draft pick.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

This wouldn't really be considered news, but it did give me a little character perspective on first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree.

In a report from SF Gate's Niner Insider, the rookie wide receiver almost cried when confronted by head coach Mike Singletary.

Singletary also said he almost made first-round draft pick Michael Crabtree cry. Singletary found him running routes during the first minicamp and admonished him for running before he was cleared by the medical staff. Crabtree is recovering from off-season foot surgery.

Singletary recounted the conversation he had with his prized rookie.

"'I've got nothing against you. I'm not angry or anything. I just want you to know, you have to do everything the doctors want you to do so that you can get better.' I said, 'I'm not worried about what you can do.' I said, 'I know. We drafted you at No. 10. We know what you can do. We just want to make sure that when you come out here, you're ready to go.' So, he's done the things that he needs to do, spending a lot of time with (receivers coach Jerry) Sullivan. I know Jerry is excited about what he's seeing as well."

Well, it doesn't make you less of anybody when you cry, especially when you're passionate about something.

And for Crabtree, we can obviously see that he was passionate about getting back onto the field. That must be the reason why he was out there running routes. His desire to return to the field from foot surgery is something I like to see.

However, Singletary was right in scolding the rookie. The doctors had not cleared Crabtree to participate in such activities, so it was best that Crabtree had not gone onto the field and ran the drills. But Crabtree's mistake was with good intentions.

But I still wonder what Crabtree got so teary-eyed about. Maybe Coach Sing said something else that wasn't reported. Or maybe Crabtree felt like he did something wrong (which he did) but overreacted to it.

Well, from this incident I can tell you that Crabtree might just be that kind of a sensitive guy. But in perspective, at least he has that desire to get back onto the field and play ball. That's a good sign.

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He can cry if he wants to as long as he has the desire to get back onto the field. That to me is much more important.

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