Former 49ers defensive back Lynn Thomas dies at 61

San Francisco 49ers v Cincinnati Bengals: Super Bowl XVI
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Former 49ers defensive back Lynn Thomas has died, the team announced Wednesday. Thomas was 61.

The 49ers made Thomas a fifth-round choice in 1981 out of the University of Pittsburgh. He was the last of four defensive backs the 49ers drafted that year, joining Ronnie Lott, Eric Wright and Carlton Williamson.

Thomas spent two seasons with the team, winning a ring with the 49ers on the Super Bowl XVI squad.

He played 15 games as a nickel back during his rookie season.

In 1982, Thomas appeared in nine games with one start. He played all three postseason games that season, and recovered a fumble in the 26-21 Super Bowl victory over the Bengals.

4 responses to “Former 49ers defensive back Lynn Thomas dies at 61

  1. RIP Lynn Thomas. Also won a national championship at Pitt. 1981 was an amazing year for the 49ers. Four out of five starting DB’s in the nickel package were rookies, and they dominated.

  2. I remember George Seifert, who was the DBs coach at the time, telling the story of how Bill Walsh told him “I don’t want to hear the excuse that all of these guys are rookies and that stops us from winning”.

    He never felt so much pressure in his life.

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