Getting ready for “A Football Life” tonight, this is a pretty sweet piece about the best QB successor stories in league history.
Editor’s Note: Jim Reineking is an editor for NFL.com. Here’s his take on Eddie DeBartolo and the best predecessor-successor quarterback tandems in history.
“Eddie DeBartolo: A Football Life” debuts on NFL Network tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
In the 23 years that Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. owned the team, the San Francisco 49ers collected an extraordinary five Super Bowl championships. It helped having the innovative Bill Walsh — a 1993 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee — running the team. Between the 49ers’ first championship season in 1981 and 2002, the team only experienced three losing seasons. Continuity at the most important position in the game was also big part of the run of achievement. Over those 22 seasons, the 49ers had three primary quarterbacks, two of whom would go on to the Hall of Fame. The predecessor-successor transition with Joe Montana and Steve Young helped make DeBartolo’s 49ers one of…
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