San Francisco 49ers’ first round draft pick and the eighth player chosen overall in the 1981 National Football League Draft, this 6-0, 203-pound defensive back made an immediate impression and was named the starting left cornerback from his first day in training camp. In his first NFL season, he led a young secondary that helped the 49ers to win Super Bowl XVI and became the second rookie in NFL history to return three interceptions for touchdowns.
Known for his hard-hitting style during his 14 year career, this versatile defensive back earned 10 Pro Bowl invitations at three different positions – cornerback, free safety, and strong safety. In 1986, he played 14 games at the free safety position before an injury sidelined him for the final two games of the season, he led the league with a career-most 10 interceptions, recorded 77 tackles, three forced fumbles and two quarterback sacks. It was perhaps his finest season.
During his career with the 49ers (1981-1990), Los Angeles Raiders (1991-1992), and the New York Jets (1993-1994) he recorded 63 career interceptions and twice led the league. A complete player, he surpassed the 1,000-career tackle mark in 1993, and had five seasons of at least 100 tackles. In his ten seasons with the 49ers, San Francisco won eight NFC Western Division titles and four Super Bowls. In 20 playoff contests (all starts), he recorded nine interceptions, 89 tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two touchdowns.
His uncanny ability to sense the direction a play was about to take and then somehow disrupt it led him to being named All-Pro eight times, All-NFC six times, and All-AFC once, he was also named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team. Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry once remarked, “He’s devastating. He may dominate the secondary better than anyone I’ve seen.”
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