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Autograph Session Chance to Say Thanks

By Stephen Florino

It's a chance for fans to get some autographs, and a chance for players to say thanks for the support.

Hundreds turned out for an autograph signing featuring ten former Warriors. Two of them getting ready for the NFL came from the mainland just for the autograph sessions this weekend.

They said it was just like coming home.

Fans snake the aisles at Pictures Plus at Pearl Highlands Center, patiently waiting.

"About two hours," said one fan.

Trying to get autographs from their favorite players.

"The football and the picture," said another fan. "A picture of Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullins."

"We're actually here for ryan and bess' autographs," said another fan.

Davone Bess and Ryan Grice-Mullins -- among the former warriors signing autographs as part of the "I Believe" tour.

"This is amazing," said Grice Mullins. "It's pretty sweet to know that so many people that has come out to support you."

There is a small fee for the signatures, but most of the money either goes back to the players, or to Na Koa, the Warriors' booster club. That didn't matter to die hard fans.

"Just to help support the team and the state," said a fan.

And give these players a chance to say mahalo.

"I felt that I should've addressed the island and everybody out here that supported us in the right manner," said Bess. Weeks ago, he announced he would forgo his senior season and try for the NFL Draft. "But at the same time, that's the main reason why i'm out here, you know, pretty much to give back."

Some of these guys hope to continue their playing careers. Fans say they'll cheer them on, no matter what uniform they're wearing.

"I hope they go to my team, the 49ers," said one young fan. "Because they're good and they can make the 49ers go to the championship."

Right now, event organizers are working on getting Colt Brennan for one more autograph session. If and when that happens, we'll let you know.

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