Kyle Shanahan has a unique sense of style as a head coach on the sidelines, most known for wearing a personalized version of the 49ers hat.
He retired that specific hat after the 2020 season, since that year the 49ers underperformed and missed the playoffs. But even if he wanted to bring it back, he can’t.
The 49ers head coach said on the Murph and Mac podcast that the NFL isn’t allowing him to wear any of his old hats, as he can only use new and approved San Francisco hats this season.
“I have such beef with them right now,” Shanahan said, via Yahoo Sports. “It’s a tough issue going on. They won’t let me pick out my own [hat]. They won’t let me wear any one that’s from a [previous] year, so I can’t wear like an older one. I’ve got to wear the new ones that they give this year. Unfortunately, there’s none I like wearing. Hopefully, we can figure it out or wait until Salute to Service. … It’s just deals. I don’t want to go too hard and get fined or anything but trust me, I’m upset about it.”
Shanahan helped design this specific hat, as he went years without wearing one since he never found a hat he liked. Therefore, the NFL’s hat rule means more to him than maybe any other coach in the league.
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