SANTA CLARA -- Center Jonathan Goodwin is one of only five 49ers to have played in a Super Bowl. That places added emphasis on Goodwin and the four others to make sure their teammates know what to expect and how to comport themselves.

Goodwin said he won't be shy about passing along the lessons he gleaned from his Super Bowl experience as a member of the New Orleans Saints in 2009.

"I have no problems expressing that because we all want to win this game," Goodwin said. "I would definitely have no problem stressing where to stay out of."

Goodwin has the added edge of having played his home games in New Orleans, the site of this year's Super Bowl on Feb. 3.

Knowing how easy it is to find trouble in the Big Easy, Goodwin is intent upon sharing with his unsuspecting teammates how to handle the lead up to the game.

The 49ers arrive in New Orleans on Sunday night and have all week to find creative ways to occupy their time, without running into trouble.

Several players in recent years gained fame for all the wrong reasons -- Falcons safety Eugene Robinson and Raiders center Barret Robbins stand out. And those games were in Miami and San Diego, respectively.

Second-year fullback Bruce Miller said he recognizes the temptations that abound in New Orleans.


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However, the prospect of letting down players such as defensive lineman Justin Smith, tight end Vernon Davis and running back Frank Gore, guys that have waited a long time to reach the Super Bowl, makes it pretty easy to do the right thing.

"You don't want that on your shoulders, to be the one who causes a distraction or anything like that," Miller said. "Yeah, you don't want to see those guys coming."

Goodwin recalled that several Saints players missed the team bus to the team's media day the week before his first Super Bowl appearance, which was in Miami.

Saints coach Sean Payton assembled the team and reminded them of their mission.

"Payton yelled at us, got on us and left," Goodwin said. "As soon as he left, Drew spoke."

Payton and quarterback Drew Brees set the tone and made sure that everyone else fell in line.

"(Payton) stressed that it's a business trip, we're there to win the game, not to enjoy the parties," Goodwin said. "We had some issues early on, and he kind of gave us a speech at media day and it got us back on track."

Miller said he might be young, but it's not lost on him just how rare it is to play in a Super Bowl.

"The chances that you're going to be flying to another Super Bowl in your career are very small," Miller said. "I like to think that everyone is going to take the same approach and after the game we can celebrate a Super Bowl win for a long time. That's the approach we're going to take."