San Francisco 49ers New On-Field Leader: Department of Public Works Street-Steamer
|Steve Mahoney has Niners fandom in his blood (as well as ink)|
Will it be blue-collar underdog slinger Shaun Hill? Or tarnished golden boy Alex Smith, looking for that last shot at redemption? Actually -- no. The team's on-field leader will be Steve Mahoney, a 51-year-old employee of the city's Department of Public Works.
Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will be Mahoney leading the team out onto the field for its first home contest. The street-steamer auditioned for the part last Friday, and team brass liked him -- but they loved his Harley-Davidson decked out in the team's old-school colors and emblazoned with a Niners logo. Mahoney and 49ers officials will be test-driving his bike on the stadium's sod Friday to see if he can motor onto the grass without ripping it up. "It shouldn't be a problem," says Mahoney." They've had bigger things and heavier things on that grass." Insert your Bubba Paris joke here.
|Mahoney and his sweet, sweet ride|
Finally, when it comes to slinging the ball, one look at the pictures accompanying this story was enough to convince us that Mahoney has a much better arm than either Hill or Smith. Well, more artistic anyway.
Photos | Tom Tracy