SANTA CLARA -- Safety Cory Nelms beamed with pride Wednesday after sitting down at a computer and watching his girlfriend of six years, T'erea Brown, run in the Olympic finals of the 400-meter hurdles.
Brown placed sixth overall, third among the United States' trio, with a time of 55.07 seconds. Russia's Natlaya Antyukh won gold in 52.70.
"It's incredible, and I'm definitely proud of her," Nelms said. "It was an experience for her and me both."
How does he like Brown's chances at the 2016 Olympics?
"I don't want to jinx it but I know she'll be there," Nelms said, "and she'll be in the running to get up on the podium."
Nelms and Brown met while on the University of Miami track team. Nelms played on the 49ers' practice squad last season and is vying to make this season's roster as a safety, though he moonlights at cornerback and even wide receiver.
"Cory's trying to make the team primarily as a safety but he's a jack of all trades," defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said.
Nelms was excused just before the end of Wednesday's morning practice to watch Brown compete, as was the case Monday when he saw her advance with a personal-best time of 54.21 in the semifinals. Nelms again watched online from the 49ers' public relations office.
Although he said he's enjoyed watching the Olympics after practice at training camp, Nelms knows there is other required viewing: "I've definetly got some studying to do on the Vikings,"