Field of Links: Is Steve Young still getting paid millions to play football? Josh Donaldson not a Gold Glove finalist
Oct 25, 2013, 10:18 AM PDT
Steve Young has been retired since 2000, but he is still earning more money to play football than the 49ers’ current quarterback. According to a site called Sports Grid, Young is getting paid $1 million this season by the USFL and he doesn’t even have to actually, you know, play football. For reference, Colin Kaepernick’s base salary is $840 thousand, but he is cleaning up in endorsements.
This is actually old news, but it is still fun to look at. Young signed one of the most lucrative football contracts ever with the now defunct USFL and will still be earning a paycheck for doing nothing until 2027, when he will be 65 years old. Celebrity Net Worth has all of the crazy details of the throwback contract. Young signed the deal with the Los Angeles Express fresh out of college. The team’s owner, J. William Oldenburg, eventually ended up declaring bankruptcy. Probably because of decisions like this.
The deal was backloaded and Young’s agent was smart enough to have the contract insured in case the league folded. Smart move. As a result, even though Young bought out the contract in 1985, he still receives the annuity.
— Stunning diving catches over tarps are so overrated. Rawlings announced the 2013 Gold Glove Award finalists and Oakland Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson didn’t make the cut. It’s hard to believe Donaldson didn’t even garner a mention. Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is a lock to win the award, and Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria is also a deserving candidate, but Donaldson should have made it over Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre.
A’s outfielders Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes are finalists at their position. No San Francisco Giants were listed among the finalists.
— The San Jose Sharks suffered their first regulation loss after allowing the Boston Bruins to score the game-winning goal with 0.08 seconds on the clock. The 2-1 defeat was hard for the team to stomach. If they hung on for less than one second longer they would have gone to overtime and earned at least one point in the standings. Our Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz was on hand watching the clock count down to zero.
“To get to that point, it’s unacceptable that we can’t at least close that out,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “So, we’re not going to accept the loss.”
— The last-second loss was like rubbing salt in an open wound. Another Sharks player was the victim of a questionable hit on Thursday night. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara knocked Tommy Wingels out of the game with what appeared to be a high hit in the first period of the game.
Chara wasn’t penalized and there is no hearing scheduled. You can see the hit occur in the top right corner of the frame.
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