Audick went to Hawaii and then was drafted by the Steelers in 1977 but wound up with the St. Louis Cardinals, staying with them a season before arriving in San Diego in 1978. It was on to San Francisco in an emergency trade just before the 1981 season, when the Niners needed a left tackle desperately. Dan stayed with the 49ers just two seasons, then went back to St. Louis for two last NFL years, 1983 and ’84. Born in California but a military brat who traveled the world with his officer father, Audick went to San Diego State after his career ended, getting an MBA and, in 2004, an Ed D. in human performance technology-that is to say, the mathematical analysis of football-at USC. He’s an official at the Institute for Athletes in Retirement and Transition.
In a recent email to the San Jose Mercury, he described the process of becoming a left tackle in 1981 like this: “My audition at the LT position came at my very first practice when I faced the 9ers best pass rushing ends (Board, Stuckey, Pillars), which was prior to acquisition of Fred Dean. After passing my audition, I hunkered down and made the commitment to protect Joe’s blindside for as long as my body could take the physical pounding. With the aid of lots of analgesics, I managed to survive long enough for us to win Super Bowl XVI.”