Colts add Tom Rathman to coaching staff

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The Colts may be a losing a former 49ers running back in free agency, but they’re adding one to the coaching staff.

According to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News, the Colts are hiring former 49ers fullback and longtime assistant Tom Rathman to coach running backs.

Rathman, 55, was out of the league last year when he wasn’t retained by coach Kyle Shanahan, but worked for the 49ers from 1997-2002 and 2009-16.

He was also a key part of two Super Bowl champions as a player for the 49ers, a versatile pass-catcher and blocker.

The Colts are likely to have a new look in the backfield this year, as veteran Frank Gore‘s expected to leave in free agency.

5 responses to “Colts add Tom Rathman to coaching staff

  1. I was never a Niners fan back in the day (still am not) but I liked Rathman’s play, and his style of play. Good on him for landing a new gig. Hope he can do something for the Colts. League needs to address the sheer number of bad teams out there. It isn’t good for the game.

  2. Tom Rathman was everything a football player should be. Best FB in 49ers history(except Roger Craig’s ’85 year), and Bill Walsh(west coast) offense history.

    “You’re either the nail or the hammer. Which one are you going to be?”

    -Tom Rathman to his rookie RB Anthony Dixon

  3. Tom Rathman was one of the hearts and souls of the great 49ers dynasty. He was smart, tough, and a good guy. He played for some of the best coaches in NFL history, like Bill Walsh and Bobb McKittrick. He was like a coach on the field. Knew everyone’s assignment. Great move by Frank Reich.

  4. Loved Rathman with the Niners as a player and a coach. I remember when Walsh drafted this pasty meat head kid out of Nebraska and was skeptical. However, he was a power runner, a brutal blocker, and very athletic for his size. It’s too bad Shanahan didn’t keep him.

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