Tim McKyer went to the University of Texas at Arlington before being drafted by the Niners in 1986. He was, if not their best, certainly their highest-profile cornerback of the late ’80s, but in 1989 things turned sour. He had a groin pull, missed three games, then was suspended by Seifert for insubordination for two games. McKyer protested, saying that he was just still injured. Darryl Pollard took over as starter, and McKyer played just nine games. During the playoffs, he said: ”I have a problem being in a system where you’re not appreciated and it’s like you’re swept under the rug and they want you to wear a muzzle. I know my importance to this ball club and my value and they want to act like I don’t exist. I’m not a troublemaker. I’m just right.”
McKyer summarized the situation like this: “With the new staff and all the changes here, they wanted to let the players know what happens if you go against the system and speak out if you think you’ve been wronged. Ever since I got here I’ve performed, and if you’ve put up the numbers I have you’d think things would be better. The 49ers have always wanted me to be grateful, but I wanted to be paid. I have been, but not without going through all kinds of hassles every year including getting suspended this year. I don’t buy this . . . about the 49ers’ system. I’m not a company guy going to give you a company line.”
Of course he left the 49ers after ’89, going to the Dolphins and many other teams before winding up with a third Super Bowl win with the Broncos in 1997. McKyer lives in Charlotte, commenting for the local Fox Sports affiliate. He, along with Louie Kelcher, is a member of the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Texas. If you’re really interested in reading about McKyer’s personal life, you can take a look at this pdf describing a child support and custody dispute he had with his ex-wife as of 2006, which has apparently still not been resolved.