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San Francisco's season opener at Dallas takes on more meaning in Michael Crabtree's homecoming

FILE - In this May 28, 2014, file photoo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree runs after a reception during an NFL football pracice in Santa Clara, Calif. Crabtree has been looking forward to this for six seasons _ his first NFL game in his Dallas home. That chance comes Sunday in San Francisco's opener. And the star wide receiver is not about to let a calf injury stand in his way.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

FILE - In this May 28, 2014, file photoo, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree runs after a reception during an NFL football pracice in Santa Clara, Calif. Crabtree has been looking forward to this for six seasons _ his first NFL game in his Dallas home. That chance comes Sunday in San Francisco's opener. And the star wide receiver is not about to let a calf injury stand in his way. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)  (The Associated Press)

Michael Crabtree carried bags of popcorn through the stands at old Texas Stadium as a boy and hollered out that he had hot dogs for sale.

The star wide receiver who worked concessions at Dallas games beginning at age 6 and who considered himself pretty good at it, will go home this weekend to face the Cowboys in a season opener that takes on even more meaning.

In fact, Crabtree has purchased 70 tickets for his family members to be there.

The 49ers' 10th overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Texas Tech, Crabtree returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with a calf issue. There's no way he is missing this one, especially after he was sidelined for the first 11 games last season recovering from a torn right Achilles tendon.

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