San Francisco 49er legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean celebrates his 60th birthday today.
Two thoughts pop to mind:
1. Happy birthday No. 74!
2. Has it been that long?
Dean joined the 49ers early in the 1981 season following a trade with San Diego and his incredible pass-rushing skill immediately paid dividends. Dean delivered 12 sacks in 11 games in a memorable season that ended with the 49ers' first Super Bowl win.
But his first season in San Francisco was only a prelude to the 1983 campaign, when Dean led the NFC with a career-high 17.5 sacks and set an NFL record with six sacks in a single game.
He was a member of five NFC West champions with San Francisco. He played in three NFC Championships and was a part of two Super Bowl-winning 49ers teams. Dean was named to four Pro Bowls (1980-'82, 1984) and voted All-Pro twice (1980,1981).
Following an 11-year career, he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008.
Tell us about your favorite memories of Dean's storied NFL career (among the first images that came to mind was that he wrote "Warrior" on his cleats before big games) and give your birthday wishes!
The Dallas Cowboys made a show of unity before their game against the Arizona Cardinals, but it wasn't during the national anthem.
The Dallas players all kneeled with owner Jerry Jones and his family before a giant American flag was unfurled, drawing some boos from the Cardinals fans. They rose arm-in-arm just before the singing of the anthem.
Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and it was unclear if his team would protest during the anthem, as teams across the NFL did Sunday. The Cowboys kneeled near the 50-yard line.
The Cardinals gathered on the goal line as a team, some of them locking arms, during the anthem. Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell and his family and general manager Steve Keim joined them.
The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.
In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.
Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.
A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.
Nzeocha will wear number 46.
Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.
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