San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dave Wilcox - A Day in History

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David Wilcox, San Francisco 49ers


Dave Wilcox, a San Francisco 49ers linebacker in the late 1960s and 1970s, seven-time Pro Bowl member and member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, is seventy-eight years old.

David Wilcox was born on September 29, 1942 in Ontario in northeastern Oregon. He was one of eight children in the family. After graduating from high school, Dave first went to Preparatory College in Boise (now the University of Idaho), and two years later transferred to the University of Oregon. As part of the Dax, he played for two more years under the guidance of the outstanding coach Len Casanova, entering the field in the positions of the guard and di-end.

After graduation from college, a number of NFL and AFL clubs showed interest in Wilcox. In the younger league, he was drafted by the Houston Oilers, in the NFL, the rights to him went to San Francisco. On reflection, Dave opted for a more established team with a rich history. On a professional level, he moved to the position of an external linebacker and earned the nickname "Intimidator". Wilcox was the perfect example of a player of this role, both physically and psychologically. He handled almost any opponent without any problems, regardless of whether it was a linear, tight-end or running back. In addition, Dave was distinguished by thorough preparation for matches and a desire to always learn something new about the game. In total, he spent eleven seasons with 49ers, missing only one match during this time. Seven times he was one of the Pro Bowl members, twice included in the first All-Pro team. Only the Super Bowl did not obey him, although from 1970 to 1972 San Francisco reached the playoffs three times in a row, where Dallas Cowboys stood in their way. In 2000, he was elected to the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Wilcox finished playing after the 1974 season ended. He returned to Oregon, where he settled in the town of Junction City, raised and raised two sons. They both played for the University of Oregon. The eldest, Justin, is now the head coach of the UCLA team. The youngest, Josh, tried his hand at the Saints in the late 1990s, played in Europe and the Arena Football League, and won the first XFL championship with Los Angeles Extreme.

Jimmy
American Football Writer

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