NFL debut leaves Maragos with mixed emotions

2010-12-07T18:09:00Z 2013-12-09T23:57:22Z NFL debut leaves Maragos with mixed emotionsPETER JACKEL pjackel@journaltimes.com Journal Times

Chris Maragos will concede it was something special only to a certain extent.

Having at least 40 family members and friends at Lambeau Field Sunday to witness his NFL debut was obviously a thrill.

It's just that the bottom line for Maragos, a rookie safety for the San Francisco 49ers, is to win games and that didn't happen Sunday.

The 49ers slipped to 4-8 following a 34-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers. And even though Maragos contributed an open-field tackle of Tramon Williams during a punt return, there's no way he could be content with himself during the flight to San Francisco.

"We came in to get a win and I'm not playing for the Green Bay Packers," said Maragos, a 2005 graduate of Horlick High School who was recently promoted from the 49ers' practice squad.

"I'm playing for the 49ers and I feel so proud to be a part of this organization. It's really disappointing that we didn't come out with a win."

At least Maragos did nothing to hurt his chances for long-term employment with the 49ers.

While he did not see any action on defense, he played on all special teams units, at which he excelled during the preseason, and was able to make that tackle on Williams.

"Tramon Williams was kind of skirting around back there and slipped through," Maragos said. "I found a crease and went up in the hole and tackled him. That was probably one of the highlights for me personally."

Another highlight was knowing so many family and friends were on hand to see him. NFL players are given the option to buy only two tickets for each game, but Maragos was happy to seek out teammates to purchase their respective supplies.

"Of course, nobody had families in Green Bay, so there wasn't a shortage of tickets I could get my hands on," he said.

How much damage was done to Maragos' wallet to satisfy that large contingent?

"Oh man, I don't even know," he said. "It comes right out of the direct deposit that they pay you each week, but whatever it was it was definitely worth it. "I have so many family and friends who support me, so that kind of stuff (the expense) is secondary."

About all that kept this from being a totally fulfilling day was a 49ers victory.

"You always dreamed from going to games there (Lambeau Field) to one day finally getting to play there," he said. "To start my NFL career in Green Bay was special.

"With all that said, we came in to win and we didn't."

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