October 17, 2012, 6:59 pm
After spending his final two years of college starring for the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Dave Wilcox went on to star at linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. He was a seven time pro-bowler, a two-time first team all-pro and in 2000, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wilcox joined Chad on Flight 750 Wednesday to talk about his great career and to let us in on how the game has changed since he played.
Wilcox insists that one of the biggest changes between the way the game is played now and the way it was played then is technique.
“I was taught to keep the people away from my legs and my feet. Everything started with your feet. You know the difference between winning and losing a battle in the pros is about a half an inch and a split second…I don’t think the guys do that now because they have athleticism. And see when we played we didn’t have athleticism.”
Wilcox also spoke about the ongoing epidemic of concussions in the NFL as well as in other levels of football.
“I think they can help that problem if they did two things. Take away the facemask and artificial turf. Artificial turf - the guys a bigger and stronger now. And the facemask I think gives them a sense of security.”
Wilcox and former 49er great Dwight Clark will be in the Portland area from October 19th through the 21st for the first annual 49ers Legends Weekend. The guys will be at Pumpkin Ridge on Saturday and at the Wooden Chicken Pub Sunday signing autographs. The event will help benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Oregon.
Take a listen to the interview and be sure to check out the 49ers Legends Weekend this upcoming weekend.