DeBartolo Named Honorary Co Captain

York honors his uncle.

By Andrew Gearhart
|  Thursday, Jan 19, 2012  |  Updated 8:48 AM PDT
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Former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo will witness Sunday's coin toss up close.

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The 49ers are drawing a connection between their successful present and their past glory days.

Former owner Eddie Debartolo Jr. will be an honorary captain for this Sunday’s NFC Championship. DeBartolo owned the Niners for 23 years, starting in 1977. He was at the helm for all five of the team’s Super Bowl victories. The 49ers will hold a press conference Thursday afternoon to talk about the honor.

Jed York announced it earlier this week, however, when he tweeted, “Can’t think of anyone better to be the honorary captain for the NFC Championship Game than my Uncle Eddie.”
 
The honor means DeBartolo will be alongside players for the coin toss before the game. Kick-off is  Sunday at 3:30 PM at Candlestick Park.

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