In August, the 49ers became the first NFL franchise to film an "It Gets Better" video to combat anti-LGBT bullying in schools. The team was compelled to produce the public service announcement when a diehard Bay Area fan named Sean Chapin initiated a Change.org petition asking the 49ers to break the NFL's conspicuous silence. He received 16,000 online signatures, and the team responded. Several players were featured, with the most stirring comments coming from hard-hitting safety Donte Whitner, who said, "The San Francisco 49ers are proud to join ItGetsBetter.org, to let all LGBT teens know that it gets better. On behalf of the entire 49ers organization, we are on your side, and we promise it gets better."