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49ers Center Daniel Kilgore Can Slam Dunk

Posted Jul 7, 2014

There are many things 49ers fans don't know about about center Daniel Kilgore. He's a man of many nicknames and he can also slam dunk.

After talking with Daniel Kilgore last week, we found that there are a few facts that fans may not know about the fourth-year center.

For instance, the 6-foot-3-inch, 308-pound lineman can do a reverse-360-degree slam dunk… on a mini-basketball hoop.

I know. I’ve seen it.

We asked Kilgore about his basketball prowess to help you get to know more about the man leading the San Francisco 49ers competition to start at center.

How does your athleticism help you?

A lot of guys don’t give me credit for my athletic ability. They see it on the football field, but other than that, they don’t really see it. I got to showcase what I can do on the mini-basketball court. Besides Craig Dahl, I’m probably the best in mini-basketball. I have some pretty good dunks. I beat Blake Costanzo in a dunk contest, beat him twice actually.

Who’s the worst on the team at mini-basketball?

Alex Boone, “The Rhino,” he’s the worst. In anything that Boone does, he talks a big game. It’s just funny to watch him back up what he’s saying. He is by far the worst.

Which of your many nicknames do you prefer?

I don’t know if I have a favorite. I just put up with the nicknames they give me. There’s “Gumby,” “Silver Fox,” “Danny Ray.” A lot of people just make fun of my accent, being from the south.. They come up with something new every day and it’s always fun to hear what they call me. I like “Gumby” the best – it shows off my athletic ability. “Silver Fox” is because I have grey hair.

Going forward, we are going to ask the 49ers Faithful to take part in the interview process. Each week, we’ll announce our 1-on-1 guest on @49ers and allow the fans to tweet questions. Make sure to follow – maybe one of your questions will be answered.