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Former 49ers QB Joe Montana, partners invest $75M in marijuana business

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Former 49ers QB Joe Montana, partners invest $75M in marijuana business

Whether Joe Montana is being asked whether he or Tom Brady is the greatest of all-time or figuring out new investments, the 49ers Hall of Famer stays busy.

And his latest investment? Marijuana. 

The three-time All-Pro quarterback plans to be part of a $75 million investment in the San Jose-based company, Caliva, as reported by TechCrunch. Yahoo's CEO Carol Bartz will also be a partner in said investment.

Caliva is a marijuana dispensary for adult and medical cannabis "flower" and products, and a successful one at that. Caliva grew its revenues by 350 percent, and increased its employment by hiring 440 workers. 

This is also not a new venture for Montana, who is a general partner at Liquid 2 Ventures. He also participated in a seed round for Herb, which is a cannabis-focused media company and has been very open about his support in the marijuana business.

“As an investor and supporter, it is my opinion that Caliva’s strong management team will successfully develop and bring to market quality health and wellness products that can provide relief to many people and can make a serious impact on opioid use or addiction,” Montana told TechCrunch.

Sounds like it's a very green investment.

49ers coach Johnny Holland still gets nervous after 32 years in NFL

49ers coach Johnny Holland still gets nervous after 32 years in NFL

MIAMI — After 32 years in the league, 49ers outside linebackers coach and run game specialist  Johnny Holland admits he still gets butterflies before games. 

The venerable coach entered the league in 1987 as a linebacker the Packers took in the second round. He amassed 100 tackles in five consecutive seasons in Green Bay earning the nickname "Mr. Everywhere." After a seven-year career, Holland made the transition to coaching, where he was part of the Packers staff that won Super Bowl XXXI. 

Even at this point in his career as a coach, games still get Holland’s nerves going. 

“Oh, no doubt,” Holland told NBC Sports Bay Area with a little laugh. “Before every game. I get nervous before a preseason game. It never ends. I don’t have to play and still get nervous but that’s what it’s all about. You never know, and that’s what makes it fun.”

The journey back to the Super Bowl for Holland has been 23 years long but he knew that John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan had something special brewing.

“The 0-9 start of a season, a 4-12 season, and now you’re in the Super Bowl,” Holland said.  “We always talk about last year coaching in the Senior Bowl in Mobile for going 4-12 and now we’re here in Miami coaching the Super Bowl. It says a lot about guys from top to bottom with John and Kyle and the culture of our team. It’s awesome.” 

After two difficult seasons, Holland knew that eventually, the 49ers would see success. He could tell how unique the locker room was, how close and supportive the players were of each other.

“We knew it was going to be something special after the first year. That first year after going 0-9 we knew it was different here. Watching practice here at 0-9 is no different than watching it now. Guys practice and play with energy, they kept the confidence and stayed with the plan.” 

The coaching staff has tried to keep the schedule the same for the players all week. With all of the extra media responsibilities that come during the week before the Super Bowl, they prepared as if the game was last Sunday. 

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Holland believes that having the game installation and preparation done a week early will help reduce stress for the players but nerves are a natural part of the game.  

“If you’re relaxing and it’s no big deal, it’s probably not worth playing the game,” Holland said. “I’m sure everybody gets nervous. They say they don’t, but guys get nervous for sure.”  

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Saturday).

Also tune in at 1 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday for a two-hour special of "49ers Pregame Live" with Laura Britt, Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia, Ian Williams, Kelli Johnson, Greg Papa and Grant Liffmann. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on "49ers Postgame Live," starting immediately after the game.

Richard Sherman's impact on 49ers evident to Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu

Richard Sherman's impact on 49ers evident to Chiefs' Tyrann Mathieu

MIAMI, Fla. -- When it comes to Richard Sherman and Tyrann Mathieu, the defensive leaders of the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, there's a whole lot of R-E-S-P-E-C-T. 

As the 49ers and Chiefs prepare for their championship bout in Super Bowl LIV, Mathieu has been the key to the Chiefs' defensive turnaround along with new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Mathieu came over from the Houston Texans in the offseason and has set the tone for a Chiefs defense that badly needed an adjustment after last season when a porous secondary kept them from winning the AFC championship against the New England Patriots. 

Sherman, likewise, has brought a leadership and toughness to Robert Saleh's defense with the 49ers following "Uncle Sherm's" lead through a 13-3 regular season all the way to a Super Bowl berth. 

Mathieu began his career as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, spending five years in the NFC West while Sherman was with the Seahawks and the Honey Badger has been watching in awe of the 49ers cornerback's mental and physical abilities for years, while trying to emulate some of his game. 

"I think, I was so fortunate to play in the same division with Sherman and really Kam Chancellor, all those guys," Mathieu said Monday at Super Bowl Opening Night in Miami. "I used to marvel at some of the things that they do right? And it wasn't really athletic things, right? It was more so the communication things and the mental part of the game, that I think he's doing the same thing for San Francisco, right? He's setting the tempo. He's giving them the energy that they need, putting those guys in a certain mindset. You can tell he's a clear-cut leader over there and he's a guy I've always admired from a far.

"I've always tried to emulate, you know, his leadership, his thinking ability when he's on the football field. He's probably one of the most aware cornerbacks that I've ever seen play the game and I think San Francisco got lucky when they got Sherman."

Sherman was hampered athletically during his first year with the 49ers, as he played with sutures still in his Achilles from when he ruptured the tendon in 2017. But now fully healthy, Sherman put together a dominant second season with San Francisco, earning second-team All-Pro honors and a Pro-Bowl selection. 

To Mathieu, it's clear the same Sherman that dominated for the Seahawks' "Legion fo Boom" defense, has brought that edge, mindset and talent to the Bay Area. 

"Like I said, playing in the same division for almost five years, I watched him a lot, studied them a lot," Mathieu said of the "Legion of Boom." "That Seattle secondary, I remember playing against them and watching them work, watch them communicate. They were always on a different level than everyone else.

"I think Sherman has really brought that to the 49ers. He's brought that confidence. That belief that if you put in enough work you can be whoever you want and I think that's who they are." 

After Opening Night, the two defensive stars exchanged admiration for each other on Twitter. 

Mathieu's evolution through the years is a story to be admired. He's battled through a lot of adversity, some self-inflicted, but he has come out the other side and now is one win away from a Super Bowl championship. 

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Standing in Mathieu and the Chiefs' way is Sherman and the NFL's best defense. While the world mainly is focused on the battle between the 49ers' defense and Patrick Mahomes, the game may very well be decided by whether or not Mathieu and the Chiefs' defense can stop the 49ers' vaunted rushing attack. 

After years of studying Sherman's mindset, Mathieu is ready for the biggest stage in sports. 

Programming note: NBC Sports Bay Area feeds your hunger for 49ers Super Bowl coverage with special editions of “49ers Central” all week (8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Saturday).

Also tune in at 1 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday for a two-hour special of "49ers Pregame Live" with Laura Britt, Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia, Ian Williams, Kelli Johnson, Greg Papa and Grant Liffmann. That same crew will have all the postgame reaction on "49ers Postgame Live," starting immediately after the game.