When the San Francisco 49ers signed linebacker Nick Bellore as a free agent from the New York Jets, there wasn’t much made of it. It was just another signing in the NFL that mostly goes unnoticed.
Bellore brings a special skill set to the 49ers that every team in the NFL needs. He excels on special teams in kick and punt return coverage. Playing special teams is not the most glamorous job, but it is something Bellore loves doing.
“That’s what has kept me in the league,” Bellore said, via NBC Bay Area. “I love it. There’s not as much game-planning, it’s kind of just, ‘Who wants to play more?’ I think that’s pretty cool. It’s a very important part of the game and a lot of people don’t realize that. If you can win on special teams, you can usually put yourself in a position to win the game.”
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Bellore has been on record stating that talent is not what wins on special teams, but the drive and will to want to be the best.
“If you want to make the tackle more than the other guy wants to block you, and vice versa, you can be successful,” Bellore said. “It’s more of an attitude than any other particular skill. You just have to run, hit and block. Basically it’s all the fundamentals on one play. That’s why I enjoy it and I just try to make the play more than the other guys want to.”