A former 49ers star is returning to the game of football, but this time as a coach.
NBC Bay Area has learned that Bryant Young will join San Jose State as the team's defensive line coach.
The former defensive tackle spent 14 seasons in the NFL with the Niners, winning the Super Bowl in 1994 and earning four Pro-Bowl nods, thanks in part to his 89.5 career sacks. His name has been brought up as a Hall of Fame candidate.
In January, he joined his alma mater, Notre Dame, as a graduate assistant. Just last week, Chicago Breaking Sport News reported that he was considering a job at Akron.
There is no word on when an official announcement on the hiring will be made by San Jose State.
Published at 8:22 AM PST on Dec 31, 2009 | Updated at 10:33 AM PST on Dec 31, 2009