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49ers’ Shanahan reminisces on Bryant Young’s rookie camp and hilarious tale


SANTA CLARA — Signage around Levi’s Stadium is celebrating Bryant Young’s induction later Saturday afternoon into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Inside the stadium’s auditorium, coach Kyle Shanahan gave his own tribute in a pre-practice press conference.

“I love B.Y. and I was a ballboy when he got drafted,” Shanahan began. “Talk about a rookie who comes in and doesn’t act as a rookie. That guy was a man from Day 1.”

Young spent his entire 14-year career as a 49ers defensive lineman and remains the franchise’s all-time sack leader. He won a Super Bowl as a rookie, and Shanahan fondly recalled the star-studded roster from that 1994 camp, adding: “That was as cool a thing to be around as I can remember.”

Assuming the 49ers will be practicing during Young’s enshrinement speech in Canton, Ohio, Shanahan said he’d replay it for his team in tribute to the eight-time winner of the 49ers’ most prestigious honor, the Len Eshmont Award. Shanahan noted he tried to hire Young onto his staff a few years ago “and the situation wasn’t right at the time.”

“B.Y. is deserving as a player and one of the most impressive people, too,” Shanahan said.

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Asked what other player he’s come across has been “a man from Day 1,” Shanahan didn’t hesitate to say Nick Bosa, the 49ers’ fourth-year defensive end who happens to wear No. 97, Young’s former number. “Bosa’s been a professional since 3 years old,” Shanahan quipped.

As he strolled down memory lane, Shanahan shared a funny tale about that 1994 camp in Rocklin, when he was a 14-year-old ballboy and his dad, Mike, was the offensive coordinator.

Shanahan’s tale: “Richard Dent gave one of the rookie receivers a golf club for some fishing derby, he dropped the golf club, it went in the lake, and he offered someone $200 if they’d go find it. So the next day I went over with goggles and shoes, went swimming in a nasty lake, got that golf club and that $200. It was awesome.”

JASON VERRETT UPDATE

Cornerback Jason Verrett has been spotted running extremely well in his comeback from last season’s knee injury. How much longer might he remain on the physically unable to perform list?

“I would love to get him into camp. We’d love to get him ready for Week 1,” Shanahan said. “I think that’s his mindset, so I’ll never go against him on that. I’m ready if he’s not ready for Week 1 to get him ready for Week 1, Week 4, Week 8, end of the year. Everyone knows how talented he is but he’s one of the best leaders on the team, too.”

Shanahan said the 49ers brought Verrett “back a hair too early” in 2019 from his previous season’s Achilles tear. “We definitely don’t want to do anything too soon and we want to give him time to get back to being Jason,” Shanahan said.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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