WHITE SULFUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) – While Mountain State does not have an NFL franchise, that doesn’t mean there is no action in our area. An NFL team has set up in our garden.
For the second year in a row, the San Francisco 49ers traveled to the Greenbrier Resort in the middle of a road trip.
“I love her so far man. It’s my third time here, I think, so I’m becoming a regular, I think, “said Jimmy Garoppolo, the 49ers starting quarterback.
Garoppolo said the environment is unlike any other he has known.
“It’s beautiful here, you can’t beat it,” Garoppolo said.
The 49ers started their season in Detroit, facing the Lions. Their week two game brings them to Philadelphia to face the Eagles. So instead of heading back to the Bay Area, the team decided to spend the week between games at America’s Resort.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan said it was nice to be in a familiar spot on the road.
“We have a big facility that we don’t have to leave for all the soccer stuff, two training grounds, two full fields which is great, the wallpaper is rough in our rooms,” Shanahan said.
“I mean it’s just a different environment. I don’t think it’s wreaking havoc. On the contrary, I think it’s an advantage to be able to focus entirely on football. There are no distractions when you are here there is nothing else to do but focus on the football so I think everyone is involved in the process and taking it day by day Said Fred Warner, 49ers Middle Linebacker.
The players said that during their time here they learned a lot about the area.
“It’s a little different from what we’re used to at home, from place to place. Bus drivers are awesome, I learn more about West Virginia every time from these guys, it’s a fun time, ”Garoppolo said.
The 49ers spent the week training and staying on the pitch as they prepared for their second straight road game. For the team, these extended trips are nothing new, but the pandemic has forced the team to travel even more. Last season, Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 protocol abruptly caused the team to spend the final five weeks of their season training and playing in Arizona. He also sent the team to the Greenbrier.
Both newbie and veteran players stay on top of their physical health and should be wary of covid as well.
“Be safe, especially here, new territory for us and everything still trying to wear masks as much as possible, don’t try to get out too much,” Garoppolo said.
Beyond that, Garoppolo said it’s about staying as safe and smart as possible. He adds that the Greenbrier Resort has done everything possible to ensure the health and safety of the teams.