Raheem Mostert is turning himself into a legend.
During the NFC Championship game, he recorded the 2nd most yards EVER in a NFL Playoff Game, only trailing Eric Dickerson, who had 248 yards in a single contest. Raheem posted 220 yards against the Green Pay Packers.
He also is the first player in NFL History during a playoff game to rush for over 200 yards and have four touchdowns in a single game.
He is making a name for himself.
He said after the NFC Championship Game, that he has the names of all the teams that cut him before landing with the San Francisco 49ers, where he has had a a breakout season.
He claims to be a Purdue Boilermaker, but even in college, with his blistering speed, he was misused. Mostly being a kick returner and punt returner. He does have the record at Purdue for kicker return yards though.
But there are a lot of what ifs. Which can be said for that entire Hazell Era.
In the end, Raheem has worked his butt off. He has proved that as a journeyman running back, sticking to your core values, working hard and having perseverance, anything is possible.
He is a huge reason why the 49ers are representing the NFC in the super bowl and why they went from 4-12 to the best team in the NFC and maybe all of the National Football League.
Without counting the two playoff games, Raheem broke out for 772 yards this season, more than all of his other seasons combined. Throw in his playoff performances, he is at 1,050 yards, which is more yards than what he has rushed for at Purdue and his prior seasons in the NFL combined.
Coach Shanahan was asked after the game why they didn’t throw more. He simply said “We did not need to throw the ball more”. True.
Raheem joins Jacob Thieneman (49ers) as former Purdue players in the super bowl. This gives Purdue 21 straight seasons with a former player on a NFL roster in the super bowl. This is longest streak in the NFL currently.
Best of luck, Raheem. We are all 49ers fans this weekend! Boiler Up!