San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Al Netter was arrested Wednesday by the San Jose CHP and charged with driving under the influence. Netter was cited for having a blood alcohol count above the legal limit of .08, according to the Santa Rose Press Democrat.
“The 49ers are aware of the recent matter involving Al Netter,” the 49ers said in a statement through publicity director Bob Lange. “We take these issues very seriously, but will reserve comment at this time as this is an ongoing legal matter. The organization will continue to gather the facts and monitor the developments closely.”
The 6-6, 310-pound tackle spent this past season on the practice squad after joining the Niners late last April as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern. He had the opportunity to take his talents to another team in 2012 but opted to spend his first season on the practice squad in San Francisco.
“Ultimately, it’s my goal to play in the NFL, not be on the practice squad,” Netter said during Super Bowl week. “But sometimes it’s important to look at the big picture and not just the immediate future.”
Netter, who was also praised by head coach Jim Harbaugh during Super Bowl week, was signed to a reserve/future contract on February 7, indicating he’s likely to be with the team in training camp.
After signing a contract last year, Netter said it was always his dream to play for the Niners. Let’s hope he learns from this and can continue to pursue and fulfill his dream. You can follow him on Twitter @AlNetter.
Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com. He’s also about to start reporting on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyze important issues in the liberty movement for a political website. Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter.