Hoener to Panthers; Young gave Rodgers an assist

A few notable links from today:

• Former Niners tight ends coach Pete Hoener will join Ray Brown on the San Francisco-to-Charlotte coaching caravan (story here).

Hoener, who had coached San Francisco’s tight ends since 2005, will coach the Panthers’ tight ends. Brown was hired by the Panthers last week as an assistant offensive line coach.

By the way, there is also a Charlotte-to-San Francisco train. Geep Chryst, the Niners’ new quarterbacks coach, was the tight ends coach with the Panthers from 2006-10.

• As if it wasn’t painful enough for Niners fans to watch Aaron Rodgers flourish, here comes this revelation via SI.com:  Green Bay’s quarterback received important career advice three years ago from Steve Young, one of his boyhood idols when he was growing up in Chico.

Young, who followed in Joe Montana’s footsteps, counseled Rodgers on how to handle himself while replacing a Montana-esque legend in Brett Favre.

• Phil Barber, my Press Democrat colleague, offers an excellent and informative article on the NFL’s labor situation here. A nugget regarding one of the issues, a proposed rookie wage scale: Five of the 50 best-compensated American athletes in 2009 were NFL rookies.

• The father of former 49ers quarterback Shaun Hill died Saturday in an accidental fall. Ted Hill was 60. Shaun Hill played football and basketball for his dad at Parsons (Kan.) High.

I never covered Hill, but other beat writers have mentioned that he always handled himself with class during his three seasons in San Francisco.

“Shaun’s his dad’s kid,” said a member of the Parsons High community in this Detroit Free Press story. “They’re identical.”

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