San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has some “beef” with the NFL about a bizarre cap rule.
In 2022, the 42-year-old coach will no longer be allowed to wear his classic headwear—a red hat with a little black Niners logo called “Shanhat” that took the NFL world by storm in 2019.
During an interview with KNBR 680 Murph and Mac On Wednesday, Shanahan shared his thoughts on the NFL rule that restricts the choice of this hat.
“I have such beef with them right now,” Shanahan said. “It’s going to be a tough issue. They won’t let me choose my own [hat], They won’t let me wear anything that is a . belong to [previous] years, so I can’t wear like an elder. I have to wear the new one they give this year. Unfortunately, there isn’t one I like to wear. Hopefully, we can find out or wait till Salute to Service. …it’s just deals. I don’t want to try too hard and fines or anything, but trust me, I’m bothered by it.”
The NFL world took to Twitter to react to the news.
“The NFL coach can’t wear the hat he wants to wear?” One fan wrote.
Another said, “RIP Shanhat. Gone but never forgotten.”
I’m going to guess Kyle, the hat company and the NFL will find a way to make it work (and sell more 2019-old Shana-hats) >>,” added another.
The 2019 “Shanahat” was actually a design that Shanahan created himself in collaboration with New Era.
“They moved the laptop around, and they gave me a kind of design. And I took out a logo, and I kept shrinking it. I made it a mesh cap, and obviously I got a flat bill and stuff. Just made it. Kind of a hat that I like to wear,” he said during an interview with Chris Sims in 2020.
“I wore the hat just because I liked it for myself,” Shanahan continued, “and they sold it in our gift shop. After I wore it to a game, they sold out immediately, and they didn’t have any. No more because they made them just for me personally and then for our gift shop.”
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