Paul Hofer was chosen late in the 1976 draft by the 49ers and was one of the few bright spots on the team in the late ‘70s, as an aggressive running back. He had his right knee chewed up in the 49ers miserable loss at Dallas in October 1980, and came back in 1981, but the injury was sharply hindering his play. He got injured again late in the season, wasn’t on the active roster for the playoffs, and found that his injury was a chronic condition. He wound up having the knee replaced in 2006, after having sued the 49ers in the ‘80s claiming mistreatment of the injury by physician Fred Behling. The suit was settled out of court.
Looking back, Hofer said: “I missed out on lots of stuff. I’ve accepted it. It was my decision, I was the one out there running. You just really don’t think about it when you’re young. Now I feel stupid.”