Young, Edwards headline local rotary clubs’ second-annual Breakfast with Celebrities
STATELINE — Locals had the chance to interact with a pair of NFL stars over breakfast Wednesday morning — and the San Francisco 49ers dominated the discussion. Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young and former NFL head coach Herm Edwards headlined the local rotary clubs’ second-annual Breakfast with Celebrities held at MontBleu Resort convention center.
“It’s very rare that you can speak with these guys and ask questions in this type of format,” said Todd Poth, Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club board member. “For them to take their time to come talk to us is greatly appreciated.”
Approximately 80 people attended the second-annual breakfast hosted by Tahoe-Douglas and South Lake Tahoe rotary clubs. Last year’s inaugural event drew 50 attendees and featured three former NFL players — Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk along with Sterling Sharpe and Trent Dilfer.
“We’ve been working on this for a couple years, trying to form a strong partnership with the American Century Championship — and trying to see if we could create a little bit more of a community outreach with some of the celebrities here in a very relaxed atmosphere,” Poth said.
After breakfast and introductions, Young and Edwards did a question-and-answer session. Both ESPN analysts weighed in on the 49ers, who are a hot topic of discussion following an offseason full of change.
“They talked about the Niners, where they’re at, what’s going on, what’s going to happen and gave their insight into it,” Poth said. “It was quite interesting to hear it from them face to face rather than seeing it on TV.”
One audience member asked Young about the funnier things receivers said when coming back to the huddle, and he said the most common comment was “Hey, I’m open man.” Young also shared that when he was in the quarterbacking zone, he could read defensive players’ tells as easily as if he were sitting across the poker table from them.
“It was a really unique experience to hear their personal stories on a one-on-one, relaxed basis,” Poth said.
Another invited guest was Jeff Bayer, a regular photographer at the American Century Championship and field photographer for the 49ers for more than three decades. After the event, Bayer realized that both breakfast headliners shared a connection that even Young wasn’t aware of.
The most famous play of Edwards’ career is Miracle at the Meadowlands, when he recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown to help the Philadelphia Eagles stun the New York Giants in a 1978 game. That play led to the firing of Giants’ head coach John McVay — and two years later, he was hired by Bill Walsh to be the 49ers vice president as one of the greatest dynasties in NFL history got its start.
Money raised from ticket sales went toward the Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Foundation, which the organization distributes back into the local community. For more information, visit http://www.tdrotary.com.
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