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49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk apologizes after celebration [WATCH]

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Brandon Aiyuk delivered a mix of breakthrough and hilarious moments for the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, November 21 at the Estadio Azteca.

Not only did Aiyuk deliver two touchdowns in the Arizona Cardinals’ 38-10 romp, he unfortunately had a touchdown celebration at the expense of a cameraman.

Here was the moment that led to a humorous apology: Aiyuk scores his second touchdown and throws the football in celebration. However, his over-excitement got football to focus on cameraman Nick Schbetta… who was hit under the stomach.

Christian McCaffrey was the first to contact Schbetta. George Kittle also runs over to make sure he’s okay. Then Aiyuk himself came over for a long hug with Shbetta.

Schbetta already knows the 49ers: He works in their video department as a senior producer.

According to his LinkedIn, he has worked with the Niners as a producer since 2017 and was promoted to his executive role in July 2021. He also graduated with a degree in Media Studies from the University of San Francisco.

According to NBC Sports Bay Area, Schbetta was already struggling with another illness.

“Getting Schebetta almost in the middle was the least possible injury considering NBC Sports Bay Area reported that the cameraman was already injured from food poisoning,” wrote NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jarrod Castillo.

Castillo’s colleague Matt Maiocco not only provided his own update, but encouraged Schbetta to get a special gift after the game.

“Update: Luckily Nick Schbetta was on the ball and moving his core just enough when Aiyuk’s shot came his way to avert a serious injury from him… well, you know. Oh, and Nick was already playing injured from food poisoning on Monday night. Give the man a cue ball!” Maiocco tweeted.

Maiocco added: “I didn’t mention Nick worked for the #49ers for a while. He is the lead producer in their video department. All players know him and of course like him. Hence their reactions.”

NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan also gave her reaction and was happy to see that Schbetta’s name wasn’t on any particular report.

“Thank God Nick Schbetta wasn’t on the post-game injury report. Feline reflexes kept him from getting too uncomfortable.” Chan tweeted. “And food poisoning on top of that. What an achievement!”

The celebration gone wrong was the only time Aiyuk had to apologize to someone who was at the wrong end of their celebration.

But Aiyuk uncompromisingly torched a cornerback during the game – earning praise from the 49ers’ Twitterverse.

On his first touchdown, Aiyuk pulled man coverage on seven-year-old cornerback Antonio Hamilton. Aiyuk breaks out the “whip” route — backs up to the right and then accelerates to the left off his break… leaving Hamilton with a big gap between him and the 49ers’ receiver. The end result is six points for Aiyuk and the 49ers. Or as @Coach_YAC hailed it on Twitter, Aiyuk “cooked” the defender.

This route, which Aiyuk busted, has grown in popularity over the years – with Pro Bowlers Cooper Kupp and Hunter Renfrow using similar moves, or what some call the “Flat China” route.

Aiyuk has generally moved up the ranks among 49ers. Monday’s two-touchdown night became his second multiple touchdown game of the season. And he’s the 49ers’ leading receiver with 46 catches, 587 yards and six touchdowns.

On his first touchdown, Aiyuk pulled man coverage on seven-year-old cornerback Antonio Hamilton. Aiyuk breaks out the “whip” route — backs up to the right and then accelerates to the left off his break… leaving Hamilton with a big gap between him and the 49ers’ receiver. The end result is six points for Aiyuk and the 49ers. Or as @Coach_YAC hailed it on Twitter, Aiyuk “cooked” the defender.



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