John McVay to be inducted into DeBartolo Sr. Hall of Fame

John McVay to be inducted into DeBartolo Sr. Hall of Fame
August 5, 2013, 2:00 pm
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John McVay spent 21 seasons working in the 49ers' front office. (AP)

The San Francisco 49ers and the York family today announced John McVay will be the 24th inductee into the Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony, to be held Saturday, October 12, 2013, will honor McVay for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the 49ers organization. Additionally, he will be recognized during halftime of the 49ers contest against the visiting Arizona Cardinals on October 13 at Candlestick Park.

“John played an integral role in the great success our franchise has achieved, helping to construct teams responsible for five Super Bowl victories,” said 49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York. “His knowledge of the game and coaching experience allowed him to develop a great partnership with both Bill Walsh and George Seifert that was evident in the team’s performance on the field. John’s commitment and contributions to the 49ers helped to form the rich tradition we strive to carry on today.”

McVay will be made available to media today, Monday, August 5, at the team’s Santa Clara practice facility at 1:00 p.m.

McVay joined the 49ers in 1979 as the team’s director of player personnel and went on to spend 21 seasons in all with the franchise. Among the many roles he filled throughout his tenure, McVay served as vice president and general manager from 1983-94 before retiring in 1995. He rejoined the franchise in 1999 and served as vice president/director of football operations through the 2003 season. McVay originally joined the 49ers after three seasons with the New York Giants (1976-1978), where he spent two and a half years as the team’s head coach. Prior to that, McVay had a successful two-year stint as the head coach and general manager of the Memphis Southmen of the World Football League.

Following nine years as a high school football coach, McVay became an assistant at Michigan State (1962-64). In 1965, he became the head coach at the University of Dayton where he remained until 1973, adding the role of athletic director during his final two years.

The Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame
Established in 2009 and dedicated to Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr., the patriarch of one of the most storied franchises in all of professional sports, the 49ers Hall of Fame was created to recognize players, coaches and executives who have made exceptional contributions to the organization. As a prerequisite for induction, all 49ers Hall of Fame candidates must have displayed one or more of the following qualifications: outstanding production and performance on the field, key contributions to the team’s success, and/or the embodiment of the spirit and essence of the San Francisco 49ers.

New 49ers Museum Presented by Sony at Levi’s® Stadium
When Levi’s® Stadium opens in 2014, one of the premiere features of the venue will be the 49ers Museum presented by Sony, which will be the permanent home to the Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame. The 20,000-square-foot facility will utilize cutting-edge technology to bring to life the legacy and mystique of the 49ers. Visitors will we be treated to an educational trek through the history of the franchise and the Bay Area. 

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