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49ers team medical director Daniel Garza passes away


San Francisco 49ers team medical director Dr. Daniel Garza passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday according to a news release from Stanford University.

Garza was an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery and emergency medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine. In addition to his duties with the 49ers, Garza taught undergraduate classes in human physiology, sports medicine and exercise anatomy at Stanford. He also tended to Stanford’s intercollegiate athletic programs.

Garza’s primary research focused on the prevention of traumatic brain injury in athletes. He was conducting extensive studies on the risk of concussions by fitting athletes with mouthpieces to measure the impact of collisions.

The 49ers confirmed Garza’s passing and released a statement Tuesday night.

“The 49ers organization has been informed of a tragedy. We were saddened to learn Dr. Dan Garza died unexpectedly Tuesday. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this trying time,” via Matt Maiocco of

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11 Responses to “49ers team medical director Daniel Garza passes away”
  1. chrisernst82 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:25 AM

    Sad to hear, my thoughts go out to him and his family.

  2. edithpiaf51 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:31 AM

    prayers and condolences to the family and the 49ers

  3. stealthhawk says: Oct 17, 2013 1:54 AM

    R.I.P. Mr. Garza and condolences to the family.

    -From a Seahawks fan who realizes life transcends football rivalries.

  4. dontcorrectmeplz says: Oct 17, 2013 2:01 AM

    Bless his soul and may he rest in peace.

  5. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 17, 2013 2:41 AM

    Oh man, what a tragedy. He was relatively young and a decorated surgeon.

    RIP Dr. Garza.

  6. dirtysouthniner says: Oct 17, 2013 3:18 AM

    Prayers to family and friends

  7. pacificamjr says: Oct 17, 2013 3:30 AM

    maybe he was about to release a damning report and one of Uncle Eddy’s mafia goons knocked him off? ‘just sayin

  8. prspicacious says: Oct 17, 2013 4:27 AM

    What age was the man?

  9. meatsweat says: Oct 17, 2013 6:52 AM

    At age…?

  10. socatra says: Oct 17, 2013 8:18 AM

    RIP Dr. Garza.

  11. cometkazie says: Oct 17, 2013 4:55 PM

    meatsweat says:
    Oct 17, 2013 6:52 AM
    At ageā€¦?


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