Shanahan has hilarious story behind viral pizza oven throw


After discussing the 49ers' quarterback situation with Jimmy Garoppolo entering camp as the starter and rookie Trey Lance being the backup, coach Kyle Shanahan fielded questions about his own recent gunslinger exploits.

Shanahan and 49ers general manager John Lynch met with local media Tuesday, shortly after the team opened their 2021 training camp in Santa Clara, and the viral video of the 41-year-old coach throwing a football from one deck to another and landing it in a pizza oven on the Fourth of July came up, much to the delight of everyone in the room.

"Yes, my best athletic moment of my life, all stars were aligned at the right time,” Shanahan told reporters when asked if he really threw the football into the pizza oven on the first try.

Shanahan and former 49ers offensive lineman Joe Staley were hanging out with friends on the holiday, and the video of Shanahan's trick shot began circulating on social media.

Shanahan was asked to explain how the viral moment came about, and after laughing at the fact that he was being asked a follow-up question, provided this hilarious answer.

“We were just messing around," Shanahan said. "It was, you know, it was Fourth of July. We were up there, we were on my buddy’s rooftop and we had a football and I was just, I felt like I could throw at the time. And I was asking everyone where they wanted me to throw it. And then he said that pizza oven right over there, and I go, 'I'm going to hit this, film this.'

"And they go, 'Yeah right.' But I'd hit it somehow. I won my buddy's golf clubs off of them. It was awesome. And we were going to take the whole thing down, the pizza oven, but now we're keeping it up. It's like a monument where it happened. I will never attempt it again. I’ll just be one for one."

Two days after Shanahan made the throw, Staley provided his side of the story.

"The funny thing about that video was the build up," Staley said on July 6 on 95.7 The Game's "Morning Roast." "Kyle was talking for like five minutes before that video about how he was gonna hit it, and we're like 'No you're not. You're not gonna do that, there's no way you can hit it.' Then his other buddy took the video and first one, first take.

"He didn't stop talking about it the rest of the day."

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Shanahan was a wide receiver in college at Texas, but he likes to show off his arm from time to time, and he got everyone buzzing with that throw earlier in July.

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