Ric Flair's surprise 49ers visit sparks Twitter drama


Ric Flair spoke with the San Francisco 49ers during a team meeting Saturday night.

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NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Niners flew Flair up from Orlando to say a few words, take a bunch of pictures and -- we surmise -- say "Wooo!" a lot.

Per Rapoport, at the end of the highlight film of last week's game, the team's video department tacked on Flair's WWE intro. As it started, they opened a door in the back of the room and in strutted Flair. "If you have to go against Mother Nature, got to bring in the Nature Boy," a team source told Mr. RapSheet.

The pro wrestling legend apparently is very popular with Niners players -- particularly Aldon Smith and Justin Smith, per Rapoport. All in all we imagine it was a nice way to spend a frigid night in Wisconsin before playing the Packers.

Which probably was part of the sentiment 49ers right tackle Anthony Davis was trying to impart when he took his phone out of his pocket.

Predictably, Davis was flamed for his choice of words. He didn't back down in a subsequent tweet.

We don't imagine this will have any effect on Sunday's wild-card showdown between the Niners and Packers. An offensive lineman from New Jersey disliking Wisconsin will not shift the balance of the NFC.

Still, it did remind us of Flair, and that one time he enraged the Macho Man by doctoring photos to make it look like he had a passionate fling with Miss Elizabeth.

That was awesome.

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