For better or for worse, Ted Ginn Jr. will always have a ready reminder of his three years in Miami.
"I still got my Dolphin sign," he said Thursday at the Super Bowl, taking off his sweatshirt to reveal the tattoo of the Dolphins logo on his right forearm. "Got it as soon as they drafted me. It's all part of my legacy. I got no regrets or nothing."
It has been six years since the Dolphins famously – or infamously – drafted Ginn out of Ohio State with the No. 9 overall pick. He still has world-class speed as San Francisco's punt returner, but he rarely even returns kick anymore. He has been just a bit player in his team's run to Super Bowl XLVII against Baltimore.
Still, Ginn is thrilled to be on the big stage with a chance to win a ring.
"I knew one day that I was going to be here," he said. "It's great – just shows what type of team we have to put the (playoff) runs together back-to-back."
But the dreams of him developing into an electric No. 1 receiver – as the Dolphins hoped when they drafted him – are long gone. Ginn has three kick-return touchdowns and three punt-return touchdowns in his career, but just six receiving touchdowns, and none since 2010, his first season with the 49ers.
With just two catches for 1 yard this season and a contract that expires in March, Ginn, 27, might not be much longer for the NFL.
"It's been rough for him," said 49ers safety Donte Whitner, one of Ginn's best friends from their days at Glenville (Ohio) High and Ohio State. "When you're a 20-year-old kid and they give you millions of dollars and tell you to go out and catch touchdowns, and you don't really know how to go out and catch touchdowns, and there's nobody to teach you how to do it."
Ted Ginn Jr. — one of Dolphins' biggest draft busts — says he doesn't regret his three seasons in Miami
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