Kevin Fagan’s most famous play as a 49er might have been his fourth-down tackle against the Bengals in September, 1987, that led the way for Joe Montana to complete the “Hail Jerry” pass to Rice on the next play for a stunning win in Cincinnati. He’d grown up in a rural area of Palm Beach County and went to the University of Miami, then spent 1986 through 1993 as a 49ers defensive end. Later, living in North Florida, he said: “The 49ers wanted me to coach after I retired. But I passed on it because of the hours.”
In 2007, when the St. Petersburg Times did a profile of him, Fagan was coaching a lot of different sports from his family home in Dunnellon, Florida, raising six kids, and also doing some coaching of NFL players on the techniques of defensive play. He was honorary game captain at Candlestick on November 16 for the game against the Rams, and the Niners wrote an article on him to mark the occasion.