San Francisco 49ers New On-Field Leader: Department of Public Works Street-Steamer

With hopes high that the San Francisco 49ers can, once again, provide as much or more entertainment as the Piccolo Pete's sandwich and clandestine booze fans smuggle into Candlestick Park, the jury is out on who will be the team's on-field leader.

Will it be blue-collar underdog slinger Shaun Hill? Or tarnished golden boy Alex Smith, looking for that last shot at redemption? Actually — no. The team's on-field leader will be Steve Mahoney, a 51-year-old employee of the city's Department of Public Works.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will be Mahoney leading the team out onto the field for its first home contest. The street-steamer auditioned for the part last Friday, and team brass liked him — but they loved his Harley-Davidson decked out in the team's old-school colors and emblazoned with a Niners logo. Mahoney and 49ers officials will be test-driving his bike on the stadium's sod Friday to see if he can motor onto the grass without ripping it up. “It shouldn't be a problem,” says Mahoney.” They've had bigger things and heavier things on that grass.” Insert your Bubba Paris joke here.

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