Team Spirit Extras

Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.


Mark picks his favorite 49ers.



Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the San Francisco 49ers? That's what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

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20132017 Season Roundup: The 49ers were a disaster in the first nine games of the season, going 0–9. Suddenly they turned into a great team, going 6–1 the rest of the way.  The fact is that five of those early losses came in close games. Coach Kyle Shanahan got solid seasons from a team that never gave up, which give San Francisco fans hope for an exciting 2018 season.

2017 Season Preview: San Francisco fans are still trying to figure out how their team won only two games last year. The offense is looking better for 2017, and there is plenty of young talent on the roster. If the team comes together and a few stars emerge, the ’Niners could triple their victory total from 2016.

20132016 Season Roundup: The good news in 2016 for 49ers fans was that they beat their arch rivals, the Rams, twice. The bad news was that San Francisco lost its other 14 games. The team fired its coach and general manager and began looking toward 2017. It will build off of a handful of 2016 standouts, including Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Kerley, and DeForest Buckner.

2016 Season Preview: The big news for 49ers fans in 2016 was the hiring of head coach Chip Kelly. His offense-first approach would have been a big help in 2015, when the team had one of the league’s worst. He doesn’t have much to work with, but Kelly is known for getting the best from what he’s got. The defense should be good with several talented rookies joining a group led by linebacker NaVorro Bowman.

20132015 Season Preview: Colin Kaepernick was asked to carry the 49ers last year and he paid the price with a ton of quarterback sacks. This year, he’ll have help from running back Carlos Hyde and a group of good young defensive players. They will have to fill in for Patrick Willis and other veterans who are no longer wearing the San Francisco uniform.

2013September 1, 2014: San Francisco fans feel that the 49ers offense never got to fire on all cylinders in 2013. If that is so, then Colin Kaeprnick could be ready to bust out in 2014 with an MVP year. Whatever, the offense does, the team will win or lose based on the performance of its defense, which is less than 100% heading into the season.

2013September 4, 2013: The 49ers changed the balance of power in the NFC West when they inserted Colin Kaepernick at quarterback midway through the 2012 season. San Francisco already had a tremendous defense, and still does. Will it be enough to hold off the constantly improving Seahawks? That may rely on contributions from other unexpected sources, like receiver Ricardo Lockette, who spent the off-season working out with—you guessed it—Colin Kaepernick.

2013February 4, 2013: The 49ers fell behind early in Super Bowl XLVII, but staged a breathtaking comeback against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half. Their effort fell short, as San Francisco lost 34–31. It marked the first time the 49ers lost in the Super Bowl.

January 20, 2013: The 49ers erased a 17-point deficit to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship. Frank Gore scored the winning TD to send San Francisco to the Super Bowl.

January 12, 2013: Colin Kaepernick ran for 181 yards in a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. That set a record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback—no one had ever run for more in a regular-season or postseason game.

October 7, 2012: In a 45–3 blowout of the Buffalo Bills, the 49ers gained 303 yards passing and 318 yards rushing. No team had ever gained 300-plus yards on the ground and in the air in the same game before.

September 9, 2012: In a game against the Green Bay Packers, David Akers booted a 63-yard field goal. The kick hit the crossbar and bounced through to tie a record shared by Tom Dempsey, Sebastian Janikowski, and Jason Elam.

Summer, 2012: The great San Francisco defense is back for another try at the NFC Championship in 2012. With Alex Smith gaining confidence and Frank Gore playing injury-free, the only thing keeping the 49ers from another big year is a tough late-season schedule, beginning Thanksgiving Day.

Team Spirit Extras

Isn't it strange to see the gold helmet without the 49ers logo? A lot of teams had plain helmets until the late 1950s and early 1960s. (Topps, Inc.)


Team Spirit Extras

For a few years in the 1980s, there wasn't a better all-around back in football than Roger Craig. (Author's Collection)


Team Spirit Extras

Trying to keep Charles Haley away from the quarterback was like trying to stop waves from hitting the beach. (Topps, Inc.)


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A friend sent me this signed card when she heard I was working on this OVERTIME page. Cool, right? (Panini America)


Frankie Albert — Quarterback
Born: 1/27/1920
Died: 9/5/2002
Played for Team: 1946 to 1952
Although Frankie Albert played more than 60 years ago, most experts still consider him one of the Top 50 quarterbacks in football history. He was named the top player in the All-American Football Conference in 1948. His exciting running and passing skills helped the 49ers become very popular during their days in the AAFC. Without Albert, the 49ers might never have been invited to join the NFL.

Y.A. Tittle — Quarterback
Born: 10/24/1926
Played for Team: 1951 to 1960
The 49ers had so many talented running backs in the 1950s that Y.A. Tittle didn't always get to show what a talented passer he was. Still, he loved playing in San Francisco and had a great career there. Tittle led the NFL with 17 touchdown passes in 1955 and had the highest completion percentage in 1957. He was named an All-Pro that season for the first time.

Billy Wilson — Receiver
Born: 2/3/1927
Died: 1/27/2009
Played for Team: 1951 to 1960
During the 1950s, Billy Wilson was the star of the 49ers passing attack. He led the league in receiving touchdowns in 1953 and in catches in 1954, 1956, and 1957.

Dwight Clark — Receiver
Born: 1/8/1957
Played for Team: 1979 to 1987
Prior to the 1979 draft, the 49ers worked out Joe Montana to see what kind of arm he had. They had him throw to a college receiver named Dwight Clark. Montana told the team that if they drafted him, to go ahead and draft Clark, too. Clark helped the 49ers win two Super Bowls. In return, the team retired his number 87.

Roger Craig — Running Back
Born: 7/10/1960
Played for Team: 1983 to 1990
Roger Craig could really do it all. In 1985, he became the first running back to gain 1,000 yards rushing and receiving in the same season. That year he was also the first back to lead the NFL in catches, with 92. In 1988, he led the NFL with 2,036 yards from scrimmage. Craig was one of the team's most important weapons in Super Bowl XIX and Super Bowl XXIII.

Charles Haley — Defensive Lineman
Born: 1/6/1964
Played for Team: 1986 to 1991 & 1998 to 1999
Few players were better at rushing the quarterback than Charles Haley. He had more than 100 sacks for his career and earned five Super Bowl rings—two with the 49ers and three with the Dallas Cowboys. Haley played in three Pro Bowls as a member of the 49ers.

Terrell Owens — Receiver
Born: 12/7/1973
Played for Team: 1996 to 2003
Terrell Owens played five years with Jerry Rice as a member of the 49ers. In Rice's last home game with San Francisco, "T.O." stole the show by catching 20 passes to set a new league record. Owens led the NFL in touchdown catches in 2001 and 2002.

NaVorro Bowman — Linebacker
First Year with Team: 2010
After veteran Takeo Spikes left the 49ers, NaVorro Bowman took his spot at inside linebacker. Playing with Patrick Willis, Bowman led the team with 143 tackles and was named All-Pro. The two linebackers were a big reason why the 49ers did not allow a rushing touchdown for a record 14 games in a row in 2011.

Team Spirit Extras

Doesn't Charlie Krueger look relaxed and happy in this photo? It must have been a light workout on a cool day in training camp. (49ers/NFL)


The 49ers first touchdown came on a trick play against the New York Giants. Frankie Albert ran toward the sideline and then threw a short pass to John Strzykalski. Just before a gang of New York players tackled him, he pitched the ball backwards to Len Eshmont, who ran 66 yards for a score.

During a 1957 against the Chicago Bears, the 49ers learned that their beloved owner, Tony Morabito, had died of a heart attack moments earlier. They played like wildmen in the second half and turned a 17–7 deficit into a 21–17 victory in his honor.

By the 1970s, almost every NFL lineman wore a cage-style facemask for protection. One of the last holdouts was Charlie Kruger. He played until 1973 with the same two-bar facemask used by quarterbacks and kickers.

Team Spirit Extras

This was one of the first sports books I wrote with an athlete. Jerry was a good storyteller. (Grolier, Inc.)


Team Spirit Extras

When I was a kid, John Brodie was just about the best quarterback there was. For a couple of years there, it looked like they would be playing in the Super Bowl, but the Dallas Cowboys knocked the 49ers out of the playoffs. (Topps, Inc.)


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I met Joe Montana in the early 1990s when he was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. I was amazed how average-sized he was. If you met him on the street, you would never pick him out to be a football player. (Beckett Publishing)


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This Dave Baker card came off a cereal box. Baker was a college quarterback who used his knowledge of the passing game to become a good pass defender in the NFL. (Post Holdings, Inc.)


1953 — Joe Perry — 1,018
1954 — Joe Perry — 1,049

1965 — Dave Parks — 1,344
1970 — Gene Washington — 1,100
1986 — Jerry Rice — 1,570
1989 — Jerry Rice — 1,483
1990 — Jerry Rice — 1,502
1993 — Jerry Rice — 1,503
1994 — Jerry Rice — 1,499
1995 — Jerry Rice — 1,848

1965 — John Brodie — 3,112
1968 — John Brodie — 3,020
1970 — John Brodie — 2,941

1948 — Joe Perry — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
1953 — Joe Perry — 10

1946 — Alyn Beals — 10
1948 — Alyn Beals — 14 (tied for NFL lead)
1949 — Alyn Beals — 12
1953 — Billy Wilson — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
1965 — Dave Parks — 12 (tied for NFL lead)
1972 — Gene Washington — 12
1986 — Jerry Rice — 15
1987 — Jerry Rice — 22
1989 — Jerry Rice — 17
1990 — Jerry Rice — 13
1991 — Jerry Rice — 14
1993 — Jerry Rice — 15 (tied for NFL lead)
2001 — Terrell Owens — 16
2002 — Terrell Owens — 13

1948 — Frankie Albert — 29
1949 — Frankie Albert—  27
1955 — Y.A. Tittle — 17 (tied for NFL lead)
1965 — John Brodie — 30
1970 — John Brodie — 24
1982 — Joe Montana — 17 (tied for NFL lead)
1987 — Joe Montana — 31
1992 — Steve Young — 25
1993 — Steve Young — 29
1994 — Steve Young — 35

1952 — Gordy Soltau — 94
1953 — Gordy Soltau — 114
1984 — Ray Wersching — 131
1987 — Jerry Rice — 138
1989 — Mike Cofer — 136
2011 — David Akers — 166

1960 — Dave Baker — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
1986 — Ronnie Lott — 10
2003 — Tony Parrish — 9 (tied for NFL lead)

No 49ers has led the league in sacks.

1949 AAFC Championship Cleveland Browns Lost 21–7
1970 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 17–10
1971 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 14–3
1981 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Won 28–27
1981 Super Bowl XVI Cincinnati Bengals Won 26–21
1983 NFC Championship Washington Redskins Lost 24–21
1984 NFC Championship Chicago Bears Won 23–0
1984 Super Bowl XIX Miami Dolphins Won 38–16
1988 NFC Championship Chicago Bears Won 28–3
1988 Super Bowl XXIII Cincinnati Bengals Won 20–16
1989 NFC Championship Los Angeles Rams Won 30–3
1989 Super Bowl XXIV Denver Broncos Won 55–10
1990 NFC Championship New York Giants Lost 15–13
1992 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 30–20
1993 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 38–21
1994 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Won 38–28
1994 Super Bowl XXIX San Diego Chargers Won 49–26
1997 NFC Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 23–10
2011 NFC Championship New York Giants Lost 20–17 (OT)
2012 NFC Championship Atlanta Falcons Won 28–24
2012 Super Bowl XLVII Baltimore Ravens Lost 34–31
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