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MC Hammer speaks with Niners players about perils of success

  • By Dan Hanzus
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The San Francisco 49ers are off to a 5-1 start, giving many younger players their first taste of success at the NFL level.

Naturally, to help players handle all that comes with success, the team has turned to erstwhile chart-topper MC Hammer to help light their way.

No, Hammer isn't the most relevant figure the Niners could've snagged, but he has pedigree. The "U Can't Touch This" rapper has a well-chronicled history of hitting the big time, only to lose it all and later participate in an iconic "Behind The Music" episode in which he acknowledged he had a solid gold toilet.

A team spokesman said Hammer spoke to the players on Tuesday about handling the trials and tribulations of fame, according to No word if he warned them of the dangers of hiring 200 staffers for no reason, going through a gangsta rap phase, or shooting a video for "Pumps and a Bump" wearing nothing but a Speedo.

Whatever his actual message was, Hammer left a positive impression.

"Big shoutout to @MCHammer who came in today and talked to us rookies about some things," defensive tackle Ian Williams said, one of several Niners to praise the pop rap pioneer. "Crazy I was able to meet and talk to him #2legit"

This isn't Hammer's first brush with the NFL. In 2009, he served as a conduit in San Francisco's signing of wide receiver Michael Crabtree after an extended holdout. And way back in 1992, Hammer was spotted on the sidelines of the Deion Sanders-era Atlanta Falcons, who turned his hit "2 Legit to Quit" into a team anthem.


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