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The U.S. bobsledder who used to be Matt Barkley’s wide receiver

Carlo Valdes and Matt Barkley

Courtesy of Carlo Valdes

NFL quarterback Matt Barkley starred at Mater Dei (Calif.) High School, becoming the first junior to be named the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year.

One of Barkley’s favorite wide receiver targets in high school was Carlo Valdes, who is now a favorite to make the 2018 U.S. Olympic bobsled team.

Read the profile on Barkley and Valdes.

Valdes helped Steven Holcomb finish top-three in the World Cup standings for both two-man and four-man during the 2016-17 season, before Holcomb’s untimely death at age 37 in May 2017.

Barkley and the San Francisco 49ers will take on the Minnesota Vikings in NFL preseason action on NBC’s Sunday Night Football this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

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