10 49ers Alumni with Ties to Oregon, Cal

Levi's® Stadium will host its first college football game on Friday when Cal and Oregon come to Santa Clara to face off as part of Pac-12 Conference play.

With the San Francisco 49ers enjoying their bye week, let's take a look at 10 of the organization's alumni with direct ties to the Golden Bears and Ducks.

Our friends at the 49ers Museum presented by SONY contributed research for this story. Stop by to see their artifacts [link to LS.com story] if you're going to Friday's game (some seats still available).

  1. Cal: Buck Shaw

Shaw, pictured here with Vince Lombardi, was the Golden Bears head coach in 1945 before serving in the same role for the 49ers from 1946 to '54.

Al Ruffo, one of Shaw's assistant coaches, was at Cal in '45 before joining Shaw for two seasons beginning in '46. He was also the franchise's first legal counsel.

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  1. Cal: Vic Morabito

Morabito (right) was the 49ers co-founder and an owner from 1957 to '64. Before that, he was a Cal halfback, graduating from Berkeley in 1941.

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  1. Cal: Pappy Waldorf

Waldorf, who was the Golden Bears head coach from 1947 to '56, served as the 49ers director of personnel from '57 to '72.

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  1. Cal (yes, Cal): Bill Walsh

He's known for leading rival Stanford, but Walsh's first college coaching job was as an assistant on Marv Levy's Golden Bears staff from 1960 to '62. After his time in Palo Alto, Walsh was the 49ers head coach from 1979 to '88. He was also San Francisco's general manager for two seasons starting in 1999.

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  1. Cal: Steve Mariucci

"Mooch" worked his way up to the Golden Bears head coaching spot in 1996 before leading the 49ers from '97 to 2002.

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  1. Cal: Ray Wersching

The kicker played at Cal from 1971 to '73 and stayed out West to play for the 49ers from 1977 to '87.

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  1. Oregon: Dave Wilcox

After transferring from Boise Junior College, the Pro Football Hall of Famer was a Duck and then, from 1964 to '74, a 49er.

The linebacker spent 11 seasons terrorizing NFL offenses.

  1. Oregon: Jeff Stover

Walsh turned this Ducks track star into a defensive lineman. After leaving Eugene, Ore., in 1982, he played in San Francisco for seven seasons.

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  1. Oregon: Adam Snyder

Snyder, a versatile offensive lineman, was with the 49ers as recently as training camp in August before he latched on with the New York Giants. He played for Mike Bellotti (left) with the Ducks.

Other recent 49ers alumni to come from Eugene: running back LaMichael James, fullback Will Tukuafu and tight end Justin Peelle.

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  1. Oregon: Mike Nolan and Norv Turner

Both the former 49ers head coach and his onetime offensive coordinator are UO alumni. 

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