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.
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.