October 7, 1998 |
Now that he has pleaded guilty to failing to report an alleged extortion scheme, outcast San Francisco 49er owner Eddie DeBartolo wants his team back. He's going to have to be patient, because it could be months before he finds out. Already removed from club operations for nearly a year while under investigation in a tangled Louisiana gambling fraud probe, DeBartolo moved toward closure with Tuesday's plea bargain.
January 17, 1997 |
Standing on a podium between his predecessors, George Seifert and Bill Walsh, Steve Mariucci was admittedly overwhelmed. "I am in awe of those two coaches. I'm happy they're here," he said as the trio posed for pictures. But it was the man in the middle who was the man in the news. With only a year's experience as a college head coach, Mariucci inherited one of the great pro football legacies of success Thursday when he was introduced as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
January 29, 1995 |
The parade will be early next week. It will wind from the harbor, through the hills, ending in a stadium named after a sportswriter and made famous by a chicken. An appropriate venue for a most unlikely team. The San Diego Chargers, 1994 Super Bowl Champions. When team members and coaches drive up in open-air convertibles--all except Coach Bobby Ross, who couldn't figure out how to get his top down--the fans will race inside to laud their heroes.
November 13, 1996 |
Elvis Grbac, distressed by the recent surgery of his nine-month-old son and unable to lead San Francisco past Dallas in relief of Steve Young on Sunday, has one 49er fan particularly peeved. The mayor of San Francisco. "This guy Grbac is an embarrassment to humankind," Mayor Willie Brown said Tuesday. Good thing the Cowboys didn't intercept one of Grbac's passes in overtime and return it for a touchdown--no telling what His Honor might have said.
July 20, 1992 |
Safety Dana Hall, the San Francisco 49ers' top draft choice, signed a three-year contract with the club worth $2.7 million. The deal was announced during a news conference at the club's training camp. Earlier in the day, the 49ers signed second-round pick Amp Lee, a running back, and ninth-round pick Darian Hagan, a receiver. That left only two of the club's nine draft choices unsigned.
November 5, 1991 |
Steve Young, the NFC's top-rated passer, will be sidelined indefinitely because of ligament damage to his left knee, making former third-stringer Steve Bono the San Francisco 49ers' starting quarterback. Team physician Michael Dillingham said Monday that Young sustained "a tear or a sprain" of the ligament when he was tackled during Sunday's 17-14 loss at Atlanta. The 49ers will play at New Orleans on Sunday.
July 27, 1991 |
Defensive end Chris Doleman apparently became the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL when he signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. Terms of the contracts weren't released, but the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Doleman signed a five-year contract estimated at $2 million per year. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis quoted a team source who said the contract was for four years at about $1.7 million per year.
August 8, 1996
Running back Russell White, from Crespi High in Encino, was waived Wednesday by the San Francisco 49ers, who signed running back Reynard Rutherford. Rutherford was in the Kansas City Chiefs' camp until his release two days ago. White, nephew of former Heisman Trophy winner Charles White, was waived by Green Bay at the end of camp last year and saw only limited duty with the Rams before being cut in 1994. White came to camp two weeks ago when injuries depleted the team's running backs.
January 27, 1990 |
Brent Musburger called it a cute little story out of Las Vegas. In the aftermath of the NFC title game between the Rams and San Francisco 49ers two weeks ago, Musburger, a CBS sports broadcaster, reported that the first bet had been made on Super Bowl XXIV. He told a national television audience that $100,000 had been placed on the 49ers. He reported that San Francisco was a 10 1/2-point favorite over the AFC champion Denver Broncos for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Recounting the moment, Lt.