Terry McLaurin lost the 49ers' 27-10 win over the Washington Commanders on Sunday at FedExField, but he was motivated to help build a winning culture.
The Washington wide receiver told reporters after the game how hard it is to see a well-run club like the 49ers and why he's so pleased with their culture throughout the years.
"It's hard," McLaurin remarked. "You want to be part of something sustainable and win and compete well. They have a terrific staff. They have talented players. They clearly like playing together.
"They engage everyone well. Defense flies. They enjoy. I spent time with six or seven of those players last year, who made the Pro Bowl. I spent time with them, and it reminded me of Ohio State. You understand their culture and everything. See why they succeed."
Washington drafted McLaurin in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, one round after the 49ers grabbed wide out Deebo Samuel. Since his debut five years ago, he has been a top wideout. Sunday against the 49ers, McLaurin had four catches for 61 yards and one score and is on track to reach 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season.
The Commanders haven't won in McLaurin's five seasons despite his accomplishments. The 28-year-old wants to play for a 49ers-like squad
"When you're going against teams like that, you got to play, not perfect, but you got to make the most of every opportunity," said McLaurin. "No turning over the ball. Red zone scoring and drive extension are required. I think they have All-Pro players at every level. They deserve credit for constructing that squad and the players' performance.
"Hopefully, I can be a part of something like that, but I'm just focused on myself, my world and my journey and I'm going to keep working to be the best player I can be."
Before the 2022 season, McLaurin signed a three-year, $68.3 million contract deal with Washington and is unlikely to leave unless a blockbuster trade occurs. So far, the 4-12 Commanders aren't following San Francisco's lead.