November 1, 1990 |
Sacking the quarterback, said Cedrick Hardman, who, at 6 feet 4 and a muscular 250 pounds, looked as if he could still sack one, "was my main reason for living the first 13 years of my adult life." Twenty years ago, Hardman was a rookie sensation with the San Francisco 49ers, starting a career as one of the best defensive ends in NFL history. Now, 42 and a volunteer coach at Cal State Long Beach, sacking still obsesses him. Hardman's huge gnarled hands attest to 13 violent seasons.
September 6, 1990 |
Lightning flashed, thunder cracked and rain fell in sheets on Greenville, S.C.,last Thursday night, just after the arrival of George Allen and his Cal State Long Beach football team. No one, however, took this as an omen that the 49ers, 39-point underdogs for their game Saturday at Clemson, would take South Carolina by storm. A party that included coaches, administrators, 59 players and 52 boosters had flown from Los Angeles to Greenville on a chartered jet.