NEW ORLEANS – Suggesting that Eddie DeBartolo Jr. doesn't deserve a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame sends Steve Young into an agitated state.
"I would challenge anyone to say that what Eddie did didn't have a huge impact on moving this game forward," Young said of the San Francisco 49ers' former owner. "I go around the league in my job as an analyst and see things that the 49ers put in with Eddie and Bill Walsh. Whether it is tactically or how players are treated, things that were initiated with the 49ers have taken root in the league. … When I go to New England, it reminds me of the 49ers."
Like so many other 49ers, including fellow Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, Richard Dent and Fred Dean, Young leads a loud contingent of former players who say DeBartolo deserves his place in the hall. On the flipside of that is a strong-yet-silent group of NFL executives and owners who chafe at the mention of DeBartolo, particularly when compared with former Baltimore Ravens owner ArtRead More »from Ex-49ers lobby for Hall of Fame induction for Eddie DeBartolo Jr.