Bobb McKittrick, the 49ers offensive line coach starting in 1979, was fairly famous, to 49ers fans anyway, for his offbeat intensity, his baldness, and his refusal to wear extra clothing in cold weather. In 1981, just before the playoffs started, he said, “I’d coach with no shirt on at all if they would let me. That’s how I used to do it during practice in San Diego.” He grew up in Baker, a small city in eastern Oregon, then went to Oregon State and played guard there. He went to the Marines instead of pro football, then coached up and down the West Coast before going to the 49ers. McKittrick stayed with the 49ers until he was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 1998.
Well, actually he did come back to coach the team in a June 1999 minicamp. Bobb said: He said then: ”I feel like Bob Hope or one of those entertainers that gets to be 90 years old and really they’re not very well, and all of a sudden someone puts a microphone in front of them and they perform.”
And: ”It won’t cure something, ‘but if you stay positive and keep charging hard, it’s the best answer you can do. The doctor said, ‘I wouldn’t change any plan that you’ve got because of what’s wrong. You just go like you’re going to live forever, and if something happens we’ll work on it at that time.’ ”
At another point, he said: ”I don’t play golf, don’t ski, don’t hunt, don’t play tennis. I coach football. And I like it.” McKittrick died at Stanford Medical Center at age 64 on March 15, 2000.
Below is a picture of McKittrick instructing Steve Wallace, Harris Barton, Guy McIntyre, Jamie Williams, and other 49ers, probably in 1989: