You don't play 13 years in the NFL without picking up some cool memorabilia along the way.
Recently retired left tackle Joe Staley is a testament to that. The now-former 49er showed off his impressive collection Tuesday in a video conference call with local reporters following the announcement of his retirement this weekend.
Staley's home office featured signed and framed jerseys from former teammates, and his wife, Carrie, a former soccer player who won two Big East Defender of the Year awards at Notre Dame.
Joe Staley has Mike Iupati, Justin Smith, Frank Gore and Alex Smith jersey's in his office. None more prevalent than his wife's soccer jerseys, though. #49ers— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) April 28, 2020
Joe Staley’s Zoom call. I already spent my question, but I want to know why he has a Bills helmet in his bookcase pic.twitter.com/6SalVe71ML— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) April 28, 2020
The 35-year-old's collection even included a nod to his fandom. If you thought Staley losing Super Bowl LIV -- the last game of his playing career -- was heartbreaking, get a load of the soccer team he supports.
Most surprising jersey in Joe Staley's collection: A Gareth Bale Tottenham jersey. Impeccable taste.— Jake Hutchinson (@hutchdiesel) April 28, 2020
Staley is a diehard fan of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur, who've had their fair share of nail-biters go the other way during a decade-plus (and counting) trophy drought. He told reporters at the Super Bowl that he swapped jerseys with Bale, the former Spurs star who now plays for Real Madrid, when Tottenham played the San Jose Earthquakes in a 2010 pre-season friendly.
Tottenham's Twitter account even wished Staley well in his retirement on Saturday.
Congratulations on a brilliant career, Joe! All the best for the future. We hope to see you back at Spurs soon!— Tottenham Hotspur (at 🏡) (@SpursOfficial) April 25, 2020
The year-old Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will host (at least) two NFL games every year through 2027. Something tells me Staley, who said Tuesday he won't be a stranger around the 49ers' facility, will make the trip to London if -- and when -- the 49ers play at Spurs' new ground.
He'll probably have a few more items for his collection, too.