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Raheem Mostert is the epitome of persistence paying off

UDFA Raheem Mostert took the long road to Super Bowl 54

Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with his son, Gunnar, after winning the NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi’s Stadium on January 19, 2020 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers beat the Packers 37-20. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Raheem Mostert went undrafted in the 2015 draft and was signed as a UDFA by the Philadelphia Eagles on May, 9, 2015. He was then waived on September 5th of that same year. That pattern continued until he was added to the 49ers practice squad on November 28th 2016. All together, Mostert has been on the NFL’s transaction wire 25 times in his short career.

Mostert has gone from the Eagles, to the Dolphins, Ravens, Browns, Jets and Bears before finally sticking with the 49ers. Unfortunately, after finally finding a team that believed in him, he was sent to the injured reserve in November of 2017 and again in 2018 with a gruesome broken arm against the Raiders.

After the NFC Championship game, Mostert spoke on his tough journey through the NFL, “I’ve been on seven different teams ... before every game I look at the cut dates.”

The 49ers kept their faith in him, as he was an excellent special teams player and showed promise as a running back, which might come in handy under new head coach Kyle Shanahan’s multiple running back system.

Mostert’s perseverance finally paid off when the 49ers signed him to a three-year deal worth $8.7 million in the spring of 2019 and Mostert repaid them in full this season, as he put together a great year, helping them to the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Looking through his transaction history, you’ll notice some teams that could have used his services this season and plenty that likely passed on him as well. He got the chance to show them all what they missed out on, as he set a 49ers record in the NFC Championship game, rushing 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns.