View More Shanahan, then 6 feet 3 inches tall and 185 pounds, had been training furiously all year and was in prime physical condition.
“I’ve never seen a guy work as hard as he did to prepare himself,” said Darryl Drake, Texas’ wide receivers coach at the time who now has the same job with the Arizona Cardinals.
But it quickly became clear that the wound was too deep, too ripe for an infection — there were paint chips from the fence inside of him — and that he needed to have surgery.
Today he freely talks about the incident and even offers to reenact how it happened using a chair in a Levi’s Stadium office as a prop.
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan was a college receiver with pro potential until a freak accident changed his Career Trajectory.
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