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The Hail Mary in Santa Clara

The 49ers were a terrible team in a terrible stadium. Then Jed York redeemed them.

Originally Published: October 3, 2013
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

SITTING AT HIS desk at the 49ers' Silicon Valley headquarters, the din of a nearby construction project almost 20 years in the making reverberating into his second-floor office, Jed York holds two cuff links and begins to cry. He catches himself, though, his eyes red and glassy. He always catches himself. York -- by title the 49ers CEO, by inheritance the owner, by his own characterization the steward -- isn't a crier. He's an almost crier, and he seems to almost cry when talking ...

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