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After two defeats with the new head coach and an ineffective young quarterback named Joe Montana, in October 1981 the San Francisco 49ers had a modest 3–2 record and were getting ready to face the Dallas Cowboys, who beat them every game. Was defeated in Almost a decade.
But something about the 49ers had changed. They will acquire just one defensive end, Fred Dean.
In the first half of that game against the Cowboys, Dean consistently chased Dallas quarterback, Danny White; In one play he flipped 360 degrees on an offensive lineman en route for a sack.
During an interruption in the locker room, Dean took out a packet of cools and started smoking. The whole team just stared at him, San Francisco defensive back Ronnie Lott Remembered that.
Due to Dean’s aggression and innate confidence, the 49ers crushed the Cowboys 45-14.
“He’s an inspiration to the rest of the group,” coach Bill Walsh told New York Times next month. “It’s not that they were ragtags, but they gave us the greatness that we have.”
The team would go on to win the Super Bowl that season, its first, and remain a dominant force in the NFL for nearly 20 years.
Dean died on October 14 while being airlifted from a hospital in West Monroe, La., Jackson, Miss. He was 68. The reason for this was complications of Kovid-19, his son Mason said.
At 6 feet 2 inches and 227 pounds, Dean was “a shrimp” for a defensive end, According to the times. He compensated his size with the speed and strength in his hands that he gained through martial arts-inspired training.
Dan was an All-Pro starter for the San Diego Chargers before San Francisco acquired him during the 1981 season. The 49ers made him a pass-taking specialist, playing him only when the defense formed 4-3. He will leap towards the weaker side, usually a lone defender between him and the quarterback.
Dean had six sacks in a game against the New Orleans Saints in 1983, a record until 1990. He helped lead 49–2 victories over the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1982 Super Bowl and a 49–21 victory in another championship in 1985. Miami Dolphins, 38–16. Time Held responsible That victory was primarily brought under pressure from the 49ers against Miami quarterback Dan Merino.
Dean retired after the 1985 season and entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., the former 49ers owner, credited Dean with a 49-run success in the Super Bowl: he won the championship. Five times over a period of 14 years.
If we had not won the first two, we would not have won five said. If we had not been for Fred Dean we would not have won the first two matches.
Frederick Rudolf Dean was born on February 24, 1952, in Arcadia, LA. His father, Real Dean, was a dairy farmer, and his mother, Rosie (Giles) Dean, was a housewife.
Raising Fred, nearby Ruston, La. I was strict
“Mom used to whip her before she left me and I used to do nothing,” she said Remembered that In an interview with the 49ers. “I will ask him why. He said, “Just in case.”
At Louisiana Tech University, Dean led the football team to several national and conference titles. He was drafted by the Chargers in 1975.
His marriage to Irene Bolles ended in divorce. In 1990, he married Pamela Massey.
In addition to his son Mason from Dean’s second marriage, he survives her, as he has four children from his first marriage, Fred Dean Jr., Fredric White, Fredia Stringfellow and Keith Bolt; Two other children, Brandon Dean and Amanada Beach Dean; One brother, James Earl Dean; Two sisters, Daisy Pruitt and Dorothy Dean; 15 grandchildren; And 13 great-grandchildren.
After retiring from football, Dean suffered financial failures and developed medical issues, including diabetes. To pay their bills, they had to sell their Super Bowl rings.
His life stagnated when he earned a master’s degree in theology from United Theological Seminary and Bible College in Monroe, La. He became pastor of the New Nature Ministries Church in Ruston.
In their hall of fame acceptance speech, Dean reflected on the elemental struggle to be a defensive end.
“You have a habit of getting into the dirt, dirtying your clothes and building a little wall,” he said. “I told myself, ‘Hmm, I like dirt.”