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49ers Hall Of Fame Player Passes Away

Written by Tony Ghaul

Legendary San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dave Wilcox, died Wednesday at 80 years old, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced.

Wilcox made seven Pro Bowls and was part of three straight 49er playoff teams from 1970-72.

After playing at college football at Oregon, Wilcox was drafted by both the NFL’s 49ers and AFL’s Oilers. He chose San Francisco, where he would spend his entire 11-season career.

Known as “The Intimidator,” Wilcox was named to the Pro Bowl in 1966 and from 1968-73. He was named first-team All-Pro in 1971 and 1972. Wilcox was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2000.

When Wilcox was with the 49ers, the team had a grading system for players. As legend has it, the typical score for a linebacker was 750. Wilcox’s score for the 1973 season was 1,306 when he recorded 104 tackles, four forced fumbles and 13 tackles for loss.

During his 11-year career, Wilcox had 14 interceptions and only missed one game of a possible 153 because of injury.

A cause of death for Wilcox has not yet been disclosed.

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