With day one of training camp in the books, San Francisco 49ers’ free safety Adrain Colbert has officially gone from rookie to kind of veteran. The 2017 7th-round draft pick earned himself a starting spot and a lot of respect last season, but Colbert knows he still has work to do.
His goals for his second season are “just to go out there and get better every day,” said Colbert. “Just to improve so that my guys can trust me more than they did last year.”
It is not lost on the young safety that he has a new mentor in the secondary this season, a player he’s nicknamed “Uncle Sherm,” in cornerback Richard Sherman.
“I just take the younger brother role,” Colbert said of his relationship with Sherman. “…He’s the veteran. He’s been All-Pro. He’s been to where we want to be. So I just take everything I can get from him as far as holding myself accountable and holding everyone else accountable.”
Sherman also pushes Colbert to excel.
“He’s holding me accountable…making sure my footsteps are on point, making sure my footwork is locked in, making sure I know the responsibilities,” Colbert said. “…He’s like, ‘Hey, you know I’m going to hold you to a higher standard than you were last year. I mean, you’re not a rookie no more.”
As good as he is on the field, Colbert is a very interesting guy off of it. His nickname is “The Punisher” and it’s all in the family with his cousin Marquise Goodwin, who he was defending all practice, on the 49ers. But, there’s more. Watch this edition of 5 Fun Facts to learn:
- More about his figurine, Peter, that he told us about in his first Fun Facts
- His favorite way to pass the time when he’s not playing football
- His favorite video game and how you can join him
- His favorite TV show and the new tattoo it may inspire
- His favorite band
- And a bonus fact of the correct way to refer to James, James, and James.