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Current 49ers rapt as Steve Young tells how Jerry Rice scolded Deion Sanders for busting curfew at Super Bowl

Torn from the files of Now it Can be Told:

It is January 1995. The obscenely talented and decorated 49ers are biding their time before they turn the San Diego Chargers inside-out in Super Bowl XXIX.

And then:

Per ESPN: “As the story goes, coach George Seifert’s players were supposed to be in their Miami hotel rooms by an 11:15 p.m. curfew the Wednesday before the game. The road to the hotel was two lanes, and with 20 minutes to spare, (Deion) Sanders could see the hotel; he just couldn’t get to it. He didn’t make it back until closer to 11:40. He wasn’t the only one to miss it, but he was the biggest name.”

It wasn’t quite on the order of Raiders’ behemoth John Matuszak cruising Bourbon Street a few days before Super Bowl XV, in flagrant violation of team rules.

Raiders. Rules. That’s funny.

“What?” the Tooz said innocently. “I always go cruising on Wednesday night.”

The 1994 49ers were a tad more straight-laced than the 1980 Raiders. Come the morning there was a reckoning for Sanders, in his first, last and only season with the 49ers.

ESPN picks up the narrative:

“After a meeting, the coaching staff walked out of the room, leaving the floor for a players-only session. Young took the lead, but it was (Jerry) Rice, not known for being vocal in such settings, who stood up and let Sanders know his tardiness wasn’t going to fly.

“Tensions rose as Sanders pushed back briefly. Jesse Sapolu, a four-time Super Bowl-champion offensive lineman, remembers Rice’s emotions rising quickly. Rice let Sanders know that there’d be plenty of time for partying after the biggest game of the season.”

The story, ESPN reports, was told by Steve Young to the current 49ers before their 34-31 victory over the Rams on Dec. 29.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan and GM John Lynch make it a point to embrace 49ers history. It’s a natural, given that Mike Shanahan, Kyle’s dad, spent three seasons as the 49ers’ offensive coordinator, including the team’s most recent Super Bowl triumph. On any other team, with any other lineage, it might not resonate. But there is a bond with this team because of the willingness to include team alumni and the alumni’s willingness to share their stories. And, sadly, the sorrow and tragedy that has befallen this organization this season.

Young’s pep talk seemed to resonate with the current 49ers.

“Rice kind of put a foot in Deion’s (hindquarters) and got on him,” cornerback Richard Sherman said. “And Deion took offense to it, and the rest of the team was like, ‘No, you’re wrong. You’re definitely wrong on this.’ They said it was just a huge moment for the team because it was just accountability. Everybody has to be held accountable.”


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