Amos Lawrence was a 49er for just one season, 1981, when he was the primary kick returner. The Chargers had traded him to the Niners before the season. Amos was a standout at North Carolina, running for at least 1,000 yards four years in a row, the second man, after Tony Dorsett, to do so. He’d gone to high school in Norfolk, Va., but his fumble of a kickoff in Super Bowl XVI was his last memorable moment in the NFL. After 1982 he was waived and didn’t catch on elsewhere in the NFL. Lawrence bumped around the USFL for a little while, then went back to Norfolk and some pretty rough jobs. In 1988, he said of pro football: “I was tired of it, I’d been through too much bull and I wasn’t up to taking it anymore. Nobody was willing to give me a fair opportunity.”
Lawrence started working at his old high school, Lake Taylor. In 1994 he resurfaced when North Carolina failed to recognize him at a halftime ceremony for its old football stars. Lawrence said: “Dorsett’s in the Hall of Fame. I can’t even get my jersey number hung in the stadium.” The ironic thing is that his nickname was Famous Amos. Read more about him in this 1988 profile.