John McVay gets his day in spotlight

October, 10, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The behind-the-scenes hero of the 1980s San Francisco 49ers will be in the spotlight this weekend.

Front-office star John McVay will be inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame. There will be a celebration Saturday and McVay, 82, will be honored at halftime of the 49ers’ home game against Arizona on Sunday.

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo will be in town to honor McVay. DeBartolo clearly knows McVay was a huge part of the Super Bowl era for the 49ers.

McVay came to San Francisco in 1979 with legendary coach Bill Walsh. He was the general manager from 1983-94, leaving after a Super Bowl season. He then come back in another front-office role from 1999-2003.

He is often credited for helping build the championship rosters, and Sunday, it culminates with McVay's induction.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter



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