The 49ers legend who made 7 Pro Bowls: Dave Wilcox's Tragic Passing
The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Dave Wilcox, a seven-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers and Hall of Famer, passed away at the age of 80. Wilcox played 11 seasons for the 49ers, earning two All-Pro selections and appearing in 153 of 154 possible games before his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Despite the 49ers' struggles during much of his tenure, Wilcox was a key figure in the team's success from 1970 to 1972, during which time they won three NFC West titles and made two appearances in the NFC Championship Game. Wilcox was a Pro Bowler in each of those three seasons and an All-Pro in 1971-1972.
Wilcox, who was nicknamed "The Intimidator" for his aggressive style of play, is credited with transforming the outside linebacker position. He was also known for his ability to neutralize tight ends and cover running backs on passing downs.
Born in Vale, Oregon, Wilcox played college football at Oregon and was drafted by both the Houston Oilers and the San Francisco 49ers. He chose to play for the 49ers and went on to become one of the team's all-time greats.
Wilcox is survived by his wife, Merle, and his sons Josh and Justin, who also had notable football careers.