January 4, 1997 |
Check the roster. His name appears at the very bottom, down at No. 99. The fact is, Daved Benefield plays for the San Francisco 49ers. He plays second-string linebacker and special teams. That means he will be on the field for the kickoff of today's NFC divisional playoff game at Green Bay. Still, it does not seem possible. In the late 1980s, Benefield played two solid, if unspectacular, seasons at Cal State Northridge.
October 18, 1988 |
The San Francisco 49ers took out a little insurance on quarterback Joe Montana on Monday, signing former NCAA Division I career record-holder Todd Santos. Montana, who led the 49ers to a 24-21 victory over the Rams Sunday, has bruised ribs and a right elbow injury, and is listed as probable for next Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. Montana said Monday that the elbow injury first manifested about a week and a half ago.
September 26, 2000 |
Terrell Owens, San Francisco's top receiver, was fined a week's salary and suspended for a game by Coach Steve Mariucci on Monday for his touchdown celebrations during the 49ers' victory at Dallas. After both of his touchdowns in the 41-24 victory at Texas Stadium, Owens sprinted to midfield and celebrated on the Cowboys' star logo. Some of his teammates said the displays fired them up, but others said Owens embarrassed them.
January 27, 1995 |
When the San Francisco 49ers opened that quick 21-0 lead on the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game at Candlestick Park on Jan. 15 and expanded it to 31-14 before the half, it could have been even larger but for a sub-par performance by Jerry Rice. The 49ers' all-time receiver dropped three early passes, one in the end zone, after getting too close to Dallas free safety James Washington.
January 12, 1990 |
For the NFL champion San Francisco 49ers, it was touch and go in the Super Bowl at Miami last year when the Cincinnati Bengals sent rookie running back Ickey Woods prancing out around the end of the line. Woods had been having a big game. Indeed, he'd had a big season, making rookie of the year. But this time, he didn't even cross the line of scrimmage. As he turned to cut upfield, he was surprised to see 49er free safety Ronnie Lott, who, as he plowed into Woods' chest, was moving very fast.
January 22, 1989 |
Boomer Esiason of the Cincinnati Bengals, the blond quarterback who stands 6 feet 5 inches and weighs more than 225 pounds, is one of the largest successful southpaws the world has known. Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers, who has trouble keeping 190 pounds on a frame that spans only 6 feet 2 inches, is one of the finest finesse passers in National Football League history.
January 30, 1995 |
At Pat O'Shea's Madhatter, an Irish bar in the Richmond district of San Francisco, there was exuberance but no surprise at the 49ers' never-in-doubt 49-26 victory over the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX on Sunday. "San Diego only had two hopes: Bob Hope and no hope," exulted Raymond Woods, a carpenter wearing a replica of 49er quarterback Steve Young's No. 8 jersey. "I'm glad to be home where the champions are," said Steve Silvestri, back in San Francisco after attending Loyola Marymount.
January 29, 1990 |
For once, everyone had the Super Bowl pegged. Everyone. Oddsmakers, car makers, novices, experts, cabdrivers, smokers, hairdressers. The San Francisco 49ers too. Maybe the Denver Broncos didn't want to listen. They're all ears now. Burnt orange becomes them. Terry Bradshaw was kidding when he predicted a 55-3 final earlier in the week. Wasn't he? Sure someone didn't spot him the "5" and the "3"? He missed the final by seven points.
October 9, 1990 |
The NFL players' union Monday suggested all members of the news media, male and female, be barred from locker rooms and separate interview areas be set up to assure privacy for the players. "NFL players should be afforded absolute privacy in their locker rooms," Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFL Players Assn., said in a statement from his union's headquarters in Washington, D.C. "They should not be expected or required to participate in media interviews unless fully clothed."