The 49ers announced Tuesday the death of their former general manager John McVay at the age of 91.
McVay joined the 49ers as director of player personnel in 1979 and served in various capacities, including general manager, during a tenure that lasted until 1995. He worked with head coaches Bill Walsh and George Seifert during that run and the 49ers won five Super Bowls before McVay left the team. He returned in 1999 and served as director of football operations until 2003.
“This is a very sad day for our organization and the entire football community,” the 49ers said in a statement. “John McVay has been a driving force in building teams for our five Super Bowl titles. Most importantly, John was a Hall of Fame person who built genuine and sincere relationships with the front desk staff, coaches and players. John’s commitment and contributions to the 49ers created the standard and tradition that we strive to carry on today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McVay family.
McVay was head coach at the University of Dayton and in the World Football League before taking over as head coach of the Giants seven games into the 1976 season. He went 14-23 at the during a tenure that included the “Miracle at the Meadowlands” loss to the Eagles when the Giants fumbled trying to run out of time and Eagles cornerback Herman Edwards returned the ball for a game-winning touchdown.
McVay’s grandson, Sean, is currently the Rams’ head coach. Our condolences go out to him, the entire McVay family and friends of McVay.