Bart Oates left the Giants for the 49ers in the summer of 1994 to play center at Candlestick. The 49ers moved Jesse Sapolu from center to guard, and Oates got to start for a Super Bowl champion instead of back up for a mediocre team. In explaining why he signed with San Francisco, Oates said: “If I was content with sitting back and watching a good player like Brian Williams develop, then I would stay. I just wasn’t ready to sit on the bench yet.”
Oates spent 1995 with the 49ers as well. After his career ended, Oates got a law degree and became a broker with the Gale Company, in the New York City area. In April 2004 with Rick Cerone and Ken Daneyko, a 20-year veteran of the New Jersey Devils. Oates was also head of the sports and entertainment property group at Cohn Real Estate. Back in 2004, he said: ”I believe the market is really on the upswing. There’s no question there is increasing activity.” Oates obviously has a tough job dealing with the real estate market now. He’s still part of that three-man group of former athletes: you can read about them here.