Yet 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh revealed to The Sacramento Bee on Monday that Ginn was a last-minute choice to return kickoffs in San Francisco's opener Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Ginn clinched the 49ers' victory by returning a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown after the Seahawks scored a touchdown to pull within two points with under four minutes left. (He later added icing to the cake with a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown.)
"A guy back there has to have a cool head, make good decisions," Harbaugh told The Bee.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll certainly seemed surprised.
"Honestly, we didn't think Teddy Ginn was going to play," Carroll said after the game. "Teddy's got a real style about him. He didn't play much in the preseason and he got running around us."
Harbaugh seemed a little miffed that he didn't see highlights of his team's big win on NFL Network or ESPN on Sunday night.
"I never caught any of the 49ers on any of those, so I just watched the Cowboys game," he told the newspaper. "It just kind of documents what you know. I mean, what the perception is of our team around the league and around the country. Some people can say that's not fair, it ain't right. But let's do something about it. That's our mindset. That's our approach."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.