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Crabtree Still Dealing With Perception Issues From 2009 Holdout

Aug 07, 2012 7:13 PM EST

Michael Crabtree has never played in an exhibition game and rarely agrees to be interviewed, both issues have made it difficult for him to shake the labels that were attached to him during his extended holdout three years ago.

Crabtree didn't sign a contract with the 49ers until four games into the 2009 season.

"Crabtree's biggest problem since coming to the NFL is that he and his advisors have done nothing to change his public image in the Bay Area," writes Matt Maiocco. "In my limited dealings with Crabtree, I've found that he has a good personality and he is passionate about football.

Via Matt Maiocco/CSN Bay Area