Ryan replaces Davis as 49ers radio analyst

Ryan replaces Davis as 49ers radio analyst
January 22, 2014, 8:30 am
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Tim Ryan attended Oak Grove High in San Jose before playing collegiately at USC; he played four seasons with the Bears. (49ers.com)

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Tim Ryan will replace Eric Davis as the analyst on 49ers’ radio broadcasts alongside play-by-play man Ted Robinson next season, the 49ers announced Wednesday.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Tim will be joining our broadcast team as we enter a new era of 49ers football at Levi’s Stadium,” 49ers president Paraag Marathe said in a statement. “His deep Bay Area roots and football acumen make him an ideal fit for the organization and our Faithful fans.

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"As we strive to develop new and exciting avenues to bring 49ers football to our fans, both Ted and Tim will contribute greatly to all facets of our multi-media content and fan outreach. By pairing Ted and Tim, we are excited to offer our fans the most accomplished radio broadcast team in the NFL.”

Ryan, who attended San Jose’s Oak Grove High before playing collegiately at USC, played four NFL seasons as a defensive lineman with the Chicago Bears. He has served as the analyst for the 49ers television broadcasts during the exhibition season in each of the past three seasons.

Ryan serves as a Westwood One Radio analyst and formerly worked as an NFL analyst on FOX TV since 2002 to ’13, and SiriusXM NFL Radio host from since 2004.

“Tim Ryan's work on NFL Radio has, for years, been a constant accompaniment during my countless hours on the road,” Robinson said. “Like Eric, Tim has taught me a great deal about the NFL. Now his instruction and insight will continue face-to-face. I know Tim will be a terrific asset to 49ers broadcasts and all media platforms, and, like Eric, will be an excellent broadcast partner.

“I thoroughly enjoyed three terrific seasons in the booth with Eric, both personally and professionally. His work on NFL Network is proof of his growth as a broadcaster, and I know it will enable him to continue to be around Levi's Stadium and the 49ers.”

Davis spent the past three seasons in the booth with Robinson after replacing Gary Plummer. Davis continues to work as an in-studio host for NFL AM, the NFL Network’s daily morning show.

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“We’d like to thank Eric for his dedication and service to the 49ers organization,” Marathe said. “Eric has been and will always be a member of the 49ers family, and we wish him continued success as he pursues his television career at the NFL Network.”

in line image of Eric Davis provided by The Associated Press