Whether the union actually occurs is questionable. But the San Francisco 49ers want to talk to Condoleezza Rice about a high-level position within the organization, and the United States Secretary of State is interested in listening.
Rice could be a perfect candidate to become the 49ers president, helping the team try to procure the new stadium they desperately need.
One high-ranking 49ers official said last week, “If she’s interested in talking to us, I’m interested in talking to her.” Rice has told friends as recently as last week she would love to become president of an NFL team.
Even better, she is planning to return in January to Stanford, where she served as provost from 1993 to 1999. The two sides were trying to connect over the weekend, and both sides think the issue is worth exploring.
Rice is an enormous football fan who once aspired to be commissioner, before Roger Goodell succeeded Paul Tagliabue. She followed the Cleveland Browns while growing up in Alabama, and then later moved to Denver, where she became a Broncos fan. Rice even dated former Broncos wide receiver Rick Upchurch and hosted the baby shower for the wife of former Broncos nose tackle Rubin Carter when she was pregnant with baby Andre, who since has gone on to become a standout defensive end for the Washington Redskins.