Parys Haralson, who spent the first six of his nine NFL seasons with the 49ers, has returned to the organization.
The 49ers on Tuesday announced Haralson has been hired as the organization’s director of player engagement.
“Parys is a young man who represented himself and our organization very well, both on and off the field,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “Less than two years removed from the game, Parys has great knowledge of what players experience in today’s NFL and what is needed for them to be successful in their professional and personal lives. We look forward to our team benefitting from his insight and support.”
Haralson played for the 49ers from 2006 to 2011 before being traded to the New Orleans Saints. He played 2013 and ’14 with the Saints. He did not play in the NFL last season.
Haralson will report to Keena Turner, who has overseen the 49ers’ player engagement program as vice president of football affairs for the past six seasons.
The player engagement program is designed to assist players in making transitions into and out of professional football. The program also helps with “life skills development,” as well as “financial education, post-career and occupational development, continued education and degree completion.”
Haralson originally joined the 49ers as a fifth-round draft pick in 2006 out of Tennessee. He graduated from Tennessee in 2006 and is currently working toward his MBA from the University of Miami, according to the 49ers.
He recorded 21.5 sacks in six seasons. He spent the entire 2012 season on injured reserve due to an injury during the exhibition season.