Norb Hecker, the 49ers’ linebackers coach and, later, the defensive backs coach, during the ’80s, had won three championship rings with the Green Bay Packers in the 1960s as a coach in Wisconsin. He’d already been the Falcons first head coach in the late ’60s, and before all that, was a defensive back and wideout in the ’50s. He helped found the NFL Players Association back then, and won a title playing for the Rams. Hecker grew up in Ohio and died in Los Altos in 2004. He was also known as a very good golfer (with a cross-handed grip), a father of five, and a former assistant to Walsh at Stanford.
Upon his death, Bill Walsh said: “I saw him two days before he died. He was very cognitive to the end. He said, ‘I’ve had a great run.’ He was a charismatic man, an astute judge of talent and an excellent teacher.”