Former Bears Back Leads 49ers to Super Bowl

Gene Chamberlain

If Ryan Pace took a lot of flak for the AFC playoff game between the Chiefs and Texans when Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson faced each other, the Super Bowl promises to be worse.

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch took picks from Pace in the trade to move up and get Mitchell Trubisky, and it's sure to come up during the buildup to the Super Bowl.

And now there's one other log for the fire.

49ers running back Raheem Mostert, the hero of the day in the NFC championship game Sunday for the 49ers in their win over the Green Bay Packers, was on the Bears practice squad and regular roster in 2016 and they cut him. Actually they cut him a couple times.

He had 17 special teams plays for the Bears in two games,

Mostert was on the field Sept. 25, 2016 against the Cowboys for nine special teams plays in a 31-17 Bears road loss, and then for eight special teams plays the next week at Soldier Field in a 17-14 win over the Lions. Then he was cut, added back to the practice squad and cut again. Later that season he had a 6-yard rush for San Francisco and played special teams in the regular-season finale.

And now he's in the Super Bowl after the 49ers beat the Packers 37-20.

Mostert wound up with 220 yards on 29 carries with four touchdowns in the NFC title game, the second most yards ever in the postseason, behind only 248 from Eric Dickerson against Dallas in the 1985 playoffs.

Mostert gained 772 yards and had eight touchdowns this season for the 49ers. San Francisco had signed him after the Bears cut him the last time, and had him doing almost nothing until this season. He had only 42 NFL carries until this year.

The Bears in 2016 had Jordan Howard as their starter under coach John Fox, and also had Jeremy Langford as a backup and Ka'Deem Carey as a backup. Actually, Fox would be more to blame than Pace since he's determining who is playing at the time.

And Pace and his player personnel staff should get credit for bringing in Mostert at all because he'd already been on practice squads and had been cut by: the Browns, the Dolphins, the Jets, the Eagles and the Ravens.

The Bears cut him for the last time on Nov. 24, 2016.

The kicker Pace cut in Chicago made a 54-yard field goal and a couple others in the game for San Francisco. 

That would be Robbie Gould.

Actually, former Bears did all the scoring Sunday for the 49ers as they made the Super Bowl.


Comments (4)
No. 1-3

I think he just fits their system really well and was able to kind of start over in SF. Glad that he finally got his chance to breakout and took it though.

Gene Chamberlain
Gene Chamberlain


Really was cut more than 6 times, but you have to remember when he is on some of these teams he's on practice squads where there is no contact going on at practice. And it's hard for a running back to move up the charts during the season unless there's an injury. The place where Mostert should have been discovered was when he was with a team during training camp. They do have contact and could have seen his skills. That wasn't the Bears. It was the Eagles and Browns. What also is forgotten is his seventh team just had him sitting there rotting on the bench until this year, the 49ers. He only had 42 carries in 2017 and 2018 and they actually had him on their 53-man roster. So why wasn't he playing for them? I guess Lynch and Shanahan aren't really geniuses?

Johnny Football
Johnny Football

I'm still confused on how he was cut 6 times, he looks like a #1 back with his size and speed. Happy that he finally found as spot that fits him at least