The NFL Network recently reported the San Francisco 49ers are looking to install U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as team president.
While this may appear to be far-fetched, Secretary Rice is an ardent football fan and friends with NFL Director of Operations, Gene Washington.
Secretary Rice, former provost of Stanford, is planning on returning to California in January and has told friends she would love to be president of a NFL team (apparently the 49ers qualify as a NFL team.)
However, is the secretary qualified?
Secretary Rice’s current boss is President George W. Bush. Has working for him prepared her to deal with delusional, unpopular, and incompetent bosses like the Yorks?
Secretary Rice has dealt with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong-il, and Bashar al-Assad. Has dealing with those world leaders prepared her for crazy tyrants like Al Davis and Jerry Jones?
Secretary Rice has made the rounds on the Sunday morning talk shows and answered tough questions about foreign policy. Has that prepared her for going on Sunday morning pregame shows and answering stupid questions from Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson?
Being Secretary of State for the most powerful country on Earth is a fairly important job, but being the president of a National Football League team is life and death.
She will hold the lives of millions of fans, gamblers, bloggers, and fantasy football geeks in the palm of her hand. Is she ready for the promotion?
When asked about Secretary Rice coming on board, 49ers team spokesman Aaron Salkin went on record by saying, "we don't respond to rumors."
Of course the 49ers are not going discuss shuffling their office structure with Andy Dolich, currently acting as Chief Operating Officer—that would be like kicking your starting Tight End out of a game with 10 minutes left on the clock.
However, the 49ers should strongly consider Secretary Rice as their next team president; her of lack experience would be a perfect fit for the San Francisco 49ers.