Looking back during the 1990 playoffs, Wilson said: “The Cowboys were on top at that time. The 49ers were not even contenders for the NFC West. I came here as a free agent and wasn’t even sure I would make the ballclub. My expectations were just to get the chance to play in the NFL and be like that cliche, the best I could be.
“It’s interesting the way things have turned out, isn’t it? The team has turned out to be a great team. I’ve had a great time. I’m enjoying this career and I have maybe a couple more years left in me and I hope to make the most of them.”
Wilson said of Seifert, in his first year as head coach: “We’ve stayed hungry. With Walsh stepping down as coach and Seifert stepping in, we wanted to prove that this is still a great team. We’re better focused and we’ve played better than we did after the other two Super Bowl wins. I think Seifert has definitely made it a point to keep this team focused in the right direction.
“I think when you get to this level, you have to be a self-motivator, but you still have to have somebody to keep you together and George has done a great job of that. We have great talent here, but we also have a great attitude.”
Mike stayed on with the 49ers through 1990. He coached at Stanford, with the Raiders, and at USC, and then with the Arizona Cardinals.