For all the new names taking the field at the SAP Performance Facility, there was one familiar face who looked on from the sidelines during Wednesday's local pro day. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young returned to his old Santa Clara stomping grounds to watch the 43 NFL Draft hopefuls work out with Kyle Shanahan's coaching staff.
San Francisco's general manager John Lynch discussed the special guest following the workout.
“Well, you know as a local pro day, we felt like there was a lefty at BYU who might be able to help us," Lynch joked." No, Steve has a player that was here today that he’s buddies with, and I got a text today in the middle of draft meetings that said, ‘Hey, John. This is Steve Young. Do you think it would be possible if I might be able to come out to the Pro Day?’ I said, ‘Steve, whatever you want, and I’ve told you that. You’re always welcome.’
"It’s a treat to see him as always. He’s a good friend. I think he’s a big part of the fabric of this organization and any time we have him out here, I think we’re better for it. I always feel like I get smarter when I talk to Steve. He’s a bright guy and he’s got a unique perspective on things.”