Long Snapper isn't the highest profile position in the NFL, but the 49ers' Kevin McDermott is part of an exclusive club and playing football at its highest level.
Kevin McDermott tackled the job of long snapping in seventh grade --- because someone had to do it. After high school, the Nashville, Tennessee native attended UCLA, and eventually signed with San Francisco as an undrafted free agent.
"When you get to choose the city that you go to you can choose a team that fits you best. Throughout the process, the 49ers kept popping up, and it really worked out," 49ers long snapper Kevin McDermott said.
It wasn't until after he signed that McDermott discovered his special teams coach was SDSU alum Brad Seely.
"I had a great rapport with him. He came and worked me out privately at UCLA and I really enjoyed that. He's very knowledgeable, and one of the best special teams coaches in the NFL," McDermott said.
McDermott beat out 14-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl selection Brian Jennings during the pre-season, and his rookie season was everything he thought it would be.
"I got to play in the NFC Championship game. My first game was at Candlestick Park against the Green Bay Packers. I ran the gamut of everything you could when it came to experience in my first year. So, next year we just have to try and get one step farther and make it to the Super Bowl," McDermott said.
In a league where NFL often means "not for long", McDermott is prepared to prove himself all over again in his second season.
"I don't take for granted that I'm going to be the long snapper for the next two or three years. I have to focus on this year, and making the team this year, and then performing game after game, because there are only 32 long snappers in the NFL at anytime. There are no backups signed to a team. We're only two snaps away from being out on the street," McDermott said.
The streets of South Dakota are familiar to McDermott, who visited often growing up, and still has plenty of family in the Rushmore State.
"My grandparents live here. My mom and dad each have four siblings. They're all still back here. I would be at Hobo Day every year for South Dakota State. I'd come to Sioux Falls and spend time with relatives. So, I love South Dakota", McDermott said.
McDermott was back in South Dakota over the fourth of July to introduce his fiance Lauren to his grandparents. The 49ers report to training camp on July 23rd.