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Kyle Shanahan showing off his rocket arm on the Fourth of July is as American as apple pie

July 05, 2021

In three weeks time, when the San Francisco 49ers report for training camp, they're going to have a serious quarterback competition on their hands. The incumbent is Jimmy Garoppolo, who still has two years remaining on his five-year contract. Then there's Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick out of North Dakota State. Josh Rosen, a former top 10 pick himself, is also in the mix, as is former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nate Sudfeld.

As if the battle wasn't set to be heated enough, a fifth QB option has entered the chat - head coach Kyle Shanahan. Wait, what?

Shanahan, who has compiled a record of 29-35 in four seasons as the Niners head coach, apparently has a hose for an arm. No, he's not actually going to suit up, but god forbid all four aforementioned gunslingers get hurt in 2021, he could potentially fill in if need be. Check out this laser beam he threw from one roof to another roof on the Fourth of July:

For those wondering, the guy in the background saying "you're gonna hit a kid" is an incredibly lean and mean Joe Staley, the longtime 49ers tackle who retired in 2019 after San Fran lost the Super Bowl to the Kansas City Chiefs. To that, Shanahan said "hold my beer," drilling this ball at whatever target he was aiming at on the other roof. 

What makes this more impressive is that Shanahan wasn't even a quarterback in his playing days. At the University of Texas, Shanahan played receiver, though he didn't get a ton of playing time on a team that featured multiple future NFL stars, of which Shanahan was not. Of course, he has quickly become one of the better coaches in the sport, and now he can add "viral laser beam thrower" to his resume.