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Twitter user shares story of how 49ers draft pick ‘risked everything’ for his daughter

Twitter can be a dreary place.

Behind online anonymity people can be stronger in their opinions, harsher in their critiques, and generally less empathetic towards others. But sometimes the clouds of arguing clear and you get a little ray of sunshine between the debates and memes.

This is one of those rays.

Twitter user Gerry Dales wrote a thread Saturday afternoon after the 49ers drafted Dre Greenlaw, a linebacker out of the University of Arkansas, in the 5th round. Dales said Greenlaw knew his daughter from high school, and saved her from a sketchy situation at a kegger in college.

Here’s the full text:

“My daughter went to a college party when she was freshman. She knew very few people at the party, and also didn’t have a ton of experience drinking. Someone slipped something into her drink when she wasn’t paying attention.

“Dre was also a freshman. And he knew my daughter from high school. And he did *not* know the guy who was all over her. And when that guy tried to steer my daughter out the front door, he stopped the guy and said ‘she’s not going anywhere.’ He was a starter on the Razorbacks. His place was not secure. He was underage and at a kegger. He wasn’t drinking, but if there was a fight he was risking getting thrown off the team. In some ways, he was risking everything.

“And he risked it for my daughter. The guy backed down, and no one saw him again. No one at the party seemed to know who he was, and my daughter and her friends never saw him again.

“I didn’t ever tell this story, because maybe someone would say “oh, he shouldn’t have been at that party.’ Maybe not. But he had my daughter’s back, and for that I will always owe him. So, do me a favor. Root for Dre. He’s a good kid with a good heart. So, @DreGreenlaw congratulations, and thank you.”

Welp, we’re all Greenlaw fans now.

Greenlaw had a productive career at Arkansas, finishing his senior year with 80 tackles. He’ll most give the 49ers depth behind newly-signed Kwon Alexander and Fred Warner.


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