Last Thursday, Jimmy Garoppolo agreed to terms on a five-year contract with the 49ers.
Hours before the news broke, Steve Young was asked about San Francisco's franchise quarterback.
"There's nothing to say but positive," Young said on KNBR 680. "So you just have six months to talk positive, build it up ... the biggest thing -- he saw what greatness looks like. He knows what the threshold is.
"When you play that way and prepare that way, you perform that way. You get it."
When Young mentions "greatness," he's referring specifically to Tom Brady.
Garoppolo -- a second round pick (62nd overall) in 2014 -- played sparingly his first two seasons with New England.
But in 2016, he was thrust into action when Brady was suspended to open the season.
Although he made just two starts for the Patriots, Garoppolo was around one of the best to ever do it on a daily basis.
"That's a huge piece of the puzzle," Young added. "A lot of guys are good players, even great players, but they don't know how good you got to be."
In 2010, former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens played the last NFL down of his 15-year career. Eight years later, and weeks before a Pro Football Hall of Fame induction he won't attend, the 44-year-old is planning to return to the pro ranks, wherever that may be.
Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN and ESPN that Owens "100 percent" wants to play football again, and is willing to play in Canada in order to do so.
To that end, Owens activated a 10-day negotiating window with the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos over the weekend, as Canadian football news site 3 Down Nation first reported on Monday and ESPN confirmed on Tuesday. That window closes on July 24, and Edmonton will relinquish his rights if they do not offer Owens a contract.
The Eskimos can retain his rights into 2019 with any offer, including one for the minimum salary of $54,000. Staroszik told ESPN that Owens is unlikely to accept a minimum contract.
Edmonton added Owens to their reserve list in June, one day after Owens posted on Instagram that he was clocked running a 40-yard dash at 4.44 and 4.43 seconds, by two separate stopwatches.
Owens last tried a pro football comeback in 2012. He played with the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League, and then was cut by the Seattle Seahawks in training camp that summer after catching two passes in two preseason games.
In early April, the Rams acquired Brandin Cooks in a trade with the Patriots.
On Tuesday, the team and wide receiver agreed to a five-year extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The deal is reportedly worth $80 million, but the guaranteed money is unknown at this point.
Last year with New England, Cooks registered 65 catches for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Oregon State product entered the NFL in 2014 as the 20th overall pick.
The 49ers host Cooks and the Rams on Oct. 21 and play their regular season finale in Los Angeles on Dec. 30.