Gideon Yu: San Francisco 49ers Find Front Office Financial Phenom, Football Fan

Joseph BurkeyAnalyst IApril 28, 2011

The 49ers front office just got a boost.
The 49ers front office just got a boost.Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York has brought in some serious Silicon Valley financing firepower. Gideon Yu may not hold the same head-turning prestige as Larry Ellison, but the guy is for real.

ESPN's Mike Sando noted Tuesday that Gideon's Twitter definitely indicates he's a football fan. A 49ers fan.

San Jose Mercury News writer Tim Kawakami's take on it seems a little more suspicious, and appropriately so. Not in any sinister way: it's just that Gideon Yu is about 1,000 percent overqualified. But it makes plenty sense from a human standpoint. The man has made plenty of cash, and it should last him a while.

The man went to Stanford, and he is a football fan. If this fact is wasted on you, you live under a rock. For all you rock people reading this somehow: Jim Harbaugh.

And of course, the stadium and the CBA.

It's no secret that the 49ers franchise has the most to lose from the CBA debacle. The new head coach needs to install his system. Players need to learn it. Free agents need to be signed. Playbooks need to be passed out!

But the most serious issue the CBA has imposed on the club has been delaying funding for the new Santa Clara stadium.

As a tech-savvy finance man, big-deal chief, and sports connoisseur, not only does Gideon Yu suddenly seem like the perfect guy for the job; the job might just be perfect for him.

And already, the ball is rolling. Whether It's Gideon Yu, or U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, it's not your every-day of offseason in the NFL this year.