Quinton DialIt’s either a sign that Quinton Dial looked fantastic in his first week of practice, or a signal that practice squad defensive lineman Mike Purcell hasn’t impressed the coaching staff all that much. Either way, The San Francisco 49ers added Dial to their 53-man roster today.

Tony Jerod-Eddie should get the bulk of the snaps vacated by Glenn Dorsey, whose hamstring injury will probably keep him out of action on Sunday. But Dial could play a bit, especially if either Ray McDonald or Justin Smith need to rest or if Jerod-Eddie struggles against Tennessee.

From an email the 49ers sent today:

The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have activated DT Quinton Dial from the team’s Reserve/NFI List.

Dial (6-5, 318) was originally selected by the 49ers in the fifth round (157th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He was placed on the Reserve/NFI List on August 27 and returned to practice on October 15.

A 23-year-old native of Pinson, AL, Dial initially began his collegiate career at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to the University of Alabama following his sophomore season. He played in 25 games during his two years with the Crimson Tide, registering 45 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.

Not much to add, except this move reminded me of lovable (and humongous) fullback Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, who spent most of his 11-year career with the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons. Heyward, who passed away in 2006 at age 39, accumulated 5,860 yards from scrimmage in his career, including 1,083 rushing yards for the Falcons in 1995.

Heyward and the 49ers rookie don’t have any obvious similarities, but Quinton’s last name reminded me of Heyward’s commercial for Zest Body Wash — the first time men were actively encouraged to use anything other than a bar of soap.

But Ironhead, aren’t body washes for ladies?


But Ironhead, what’s with this thingy? 


Who knows, maybe if Dial produces with the Niners we’ll see him in a shower talking about some new Dial for Men Care exfoliating scrub. Shower habits have changed a bit since the mid-90s.