Drew Dalman has walked the same path as his father throughout his football career. On Saturday, he began forging his own way, albeit in a familiar location.
Dalman got the call from the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday with the 114th overall pick.
His father, Chris, is now the president of the Palma School in Salinas, but his prior career as an interior offensive lineman included a sixth-round call from the 49ers in 1993.
Father and son celebrated the moment Saturday with an emotional hug.
Dreams coming true!
Inside the Dalman home moments after the @AtlantaFalcons selected @drewww0!#GoStanford | #StanfordNFL pic.twitter.com/aQHhHwMQu4
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) May 1, 2021
Both Dalmans attended the Palma School for high school and Stanford for college before becoming NFL players.
Chris spent seven seasons with the Niners, including a Super Bowl XXIX championship on the star-studded 1994 team. He started for the Niners from 1996-99 before retiring and returning to Palma to teach English and coach.
His first NFL coaching job was with his son’s new team, the Falcons, where he was an assistant offensive line coach in 2005-06. Drew recalled spending time at the Falcons facility as an elementary schooler.
“I definitely remember running around those fields causing a little mischief,” Drew told the team’s website. “Great memories of being around the facility there and being around the team.”
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After his stint in Atlanta, Chris retraced his steps and became Stanford’s o-line coach and, later, the head coach and an administrator at Palma before being named the school’s president last August.
The younger Dalman was an All-Pac-12 performer for the Cardinal in his senior season, starting all six games in 2020 and captaining the team.
He was a consensus top-10 center nationally in the class of 2017, and he is the fourth Cardinal player to go in this weekend’s draft.
Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News
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