Dan Bunz was picked by the 49ers in the eighth round of the 1978 draft, made “The Stop” of Bengal running back Charles Alexander in the goal-line stand in Super Bowl XVI, and stayed with the Niners through 1985. When he was cut just before the 1986 season, Walsh said this: “It was the toughest [roster] decision I’ve had to make. Dan Bunz is unique to this team. He is a class guy and we’ve become close friends. He has helped this team to win two Super Bowls and has made many big plays.”
Bunz has been coaching weight lifting and football for over 25 years, and now runs a sports training facility near Sacramento.
In a 25-year retrospective on the ’81 49ers and the “Price of Glory” that the Chronicle ran here, he complained of problems with his right hip from his NFL days. Bunz said he got too many cortisone shots as quick fixes for injuries, and the result was some chronic health issues.
Bunz said: “The coaches dangled that carrot-if you’re not ready to play, you’re going to get cut. They just wanted you back on the field. They don’t care about you, they just care about the game.”