The San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson to the practice squad earlier this week, and it turns out it was not too difficult for the team to track him down. McBLT was released from the Miami Dolphins practice squad on September 9, and since then had been working as the offensive coordinator for the Balboa High School football team, as he told Eric Branch on Wednesday.
McBLT attended Balboa High School, graduating in 2006 after being named San Francisco Football Player of the Year. He had some free time after the Dolphins released him, and so he joined the team he led to a pair of city championship games.
The annual "Turkey Day" games features the top two teams in the city. Balboa earned a spot against Mission High, and had to play the game a few days after McBLT left to join the 49ers. He gave them a game-day speech, but it was for naught. Balboa trailed 14-7, and scored a touchdown with 1:22 remaining in the game. They attempted a game-winning two-point conversion, but the quarterback was stopped inches short of the goal line, and they lost 14-13.
Either way, this qualifies as the most randomly interesting thing I learned this week.