Tom Rathman has a pair of Super Bowl rings and is a member of the Nebraska football hall of fame. Now he's about to join the 49ers Hall of Fame as well.
San Francisco will officially announce the decision on Wednesday but 49ers CEO Jed York tweeted his congratulations to Rathman on Tuesday.
“I spent 23 years with the 49ers,” Rathman said in a team press release. “I’ve always considered myself a 49er and I always will consider myself a 49er. I’ll take that brand with me wherever I go.”
Rathman’s induction was applauded by Ronnie Lott, an All-Pro safety with the 49ers now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“Tom Rathman has given so much to the 49ers with his heart, courage and teaching skills,” Lott said in the release. “His tenacious attitude for giving his all on every play makes him a shoo-in for the 49ers Hall of Fame. He should have played defense!”
Rathman, who set a single season record as a fullback at Nebraska, won two Super Bowls as a player with San Francisco and had been part of the organization for 22 of the past 31 seasons. He rushed for over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons — eight with the 49ers and one with the Los Angeles Raiders. He had 881 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at NU.