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Marshall grad lands internship with 49ers

Jul. 17, 2013 @ 12:48 AM

HUNTINGTON -- By 6:30 a.m. Wednesday Andrew DeMoss will have hopped a flight bound for San Francisco, having struck gold in terms of future career paths.

Sure, being part of the staff of an NCAA Division I college football program is good experience, but everybody wants to make it to the NFL, and that's where DeMoss is headed.

The 2012 Marshall University graduate and former Huntington High soccer standout will spend the next seven weeks with the Super Bowl XLVII runners-up and five-time Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers through a sports medicine internship.

DeMoss, who majored in sports training at Marshall, was one of six interns chosen out of a pool of 400 for the NFL job with San Francisco. He's also the only one coming from east of the Mississippi River. The other five interns are from Oregon and California.

DeMoss found out about the program through an assistant trainer in the Marshall football program, a job DeMoss himself had occupied during his time at MU.

He'll be working anywhere from 10 to 14 hours a day at the 49ers practice facility through the entirety of the team's pre-season camp. The internship ends Sept. 1.

"This internship is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and proves a little hard work goes a long way," DeMoss said in an email reply to a reporter.

DeMoss admits he's a Niners fan, and applied for the internship through the organization, though a lot of circumstances had to come together for the whole thing to happen.

"I am a fan of the 49ers, but this all happened by chance," he said. "This is a huge honor, though. I am excited to see how the career I am pursuing is done at the highest level."

The 49ers fell in the 2013 Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens, 34-31. Between 1981 and 1998, the team won five Super Bowl titles with legendary players such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Steve Young.

With Jim Harbaugh taking over as head coach in 2011, the team immediately returned to prominence after several years of struggling. Colin Kaepernick, a 2011 second-round draft pick, took over the starting quarterback position midway through the 2012-13 season in leading the team to the Super Bowl, and is considered among the NFL's emerging young superstars.

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