Agent Leigh Steinberg sees similarities in Steve Young, Patrick Mahomes


Agent Leigh Steinberg sees similarities in Steve Young, Patrick Mahomes

The first time Steve Young started 16 games in the NFL, he was voted the league’s MVP. The same is true for Patrick Mahomes, who was a first-year starter last season for the Kansas City Chiefs and established himself as the best in the league.

Young’s first 16-game season came eight years into his NFL career at age 31, while Mahomes was a breakout star at 23.

Both men were represented by agent Leigh Steinberg, who said on the 49ers Insider Podcast he sees similarities in how the two MVPs prepared for success.

“Patrick looks at it like there are 24 hours in a day, he can be spending 16 preparing for football,” Steinberg said. “What you see is the tip of the iceberg. What’s behind it is the fact he assiduously studies the playbook, that he is always practicing, he’s always working with (Kansas City coach) Andy Reid and the (offensive coordinator) to get better.

“Steve Young was the same way. They both are very bright and they both put in a tremendous amount of time being a student of the game, which has helped Steve in his later career as an analyst.”

In addition to both men exhibiting a love and passion for the sport, Steinberg said their good deeds extend beyond the playing field. Young founded the Forever Young Foundation in 1993. The charity provides children facing significant physical, emotional and financial challenges with academic, athletic and therapeutic opportunities.

Recently, Mahomes announced the start of his foundation, 15 and the Mahomies, which will assist children with health problems in the Kansas City area with sports opportunities.

“They both have big, caring hearts, so they understood the power of role modeling,” Steinberg said. “They use the spotlight to try to help others.”

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

49ers fans love to hate Russell Wilson, and he gave them another reason to give him grief Sunday.

A few hours before Tiger Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Bay Area native Tom Brady in "The Match: Champions for Charity," Wilson took a Twitter shot at Brady.

When Brady got off to an awful start to "The Match," Wilson went at Brady again.

There are a few problems with Wilson's jabs at Brady.

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First, Wilson lost to Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, Seattle's quarterback should have been trolling Manning, whom the Seahawks beat in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Second, Brady redeemed himself and made Wilson look silly when he sank an incredible birdie on hole No. 7.

Yes, Brady is out of his element on the golf course, but Wilson should have known who he was messing with.

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49ers fans certainly won't miss the chance to let Wilson hear about this.

Watch Tom Brady get trolled by Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Match' intros


Watch Tom Brady get trolled by Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Match' intros

Who would you want to narrate any portion of your life? Samuel L. Jackson could be a top pick for any occasion, especially when some of the greatest athletes of our generation hit the greens.

But he’s not holding back -- not even for charity.

The Match: Champions for Charity debuted on Sunday with golf pros Tiger Woods facing Phil Mickelson in a highly-anticipated event. Woods teamed up with NFL legend Peyton Manning with another NFL superstar, Tom Brady, paired with Mickelson.

During the introductions, being narrated by Jackson, the Bay Area native received a funny quip from Jackson:

“Why do old people always move to Florida?” Jackson said.

We knew the trash talk would happen, but wow. 

Brady, of course, just signed a two-year, $60 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March after spending the entirety of his 20-year career with the New England Patriots. And at 42-years-old, Jackson took quite the dig at the three-time MVP quarterback.

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But if you’re going to get trolled by anyone, it might as well be done by someone with as epic of a voice as Jackson.

The entertainment was worth the burn.