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Chamber of Commerce Nominates 49ers Legend John Brodie to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Friday's Niners Daily looks at a recent star-studded news conference honoring one of the San Francisco 49ers all-time greats.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce nominated former 49ers quarterback and NFL MVP John Brodie for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame at a news conference at Kezar Stadium on Thursday.

It was also announced that the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Chamber of Commerce will co-sponsor "The Pro Football Hall of Fame Merlin Olsen Super Bowl Luncheon," to be held on Feb. 5, 2016, honoring Super Bowl-winning Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden, along with the legendary quarterback, Brodie.

The former San Francisco signal-caller and his family, plus former 49ers teammates, 49ers co-chairman Dr. John York and CEO Jed York, as well as civic leaders were in attendance on Thursday to lend support to Brodie's Hall of Fame push.

The Chamber of Commerce presented an official nomination of Brodie to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The quarterback spent his entire 17-year career with the 49ers. He earned the 1970 NFL MVP Award and retired in 1973 with the third most passing yards of any player in history at the time.

Training camp has been a staple of San Francisco's offseason since the days of Montana, Young, Rice and well before they even arrived.

"The Chamber feels that John Brodie compares favorably to other quarterbacks already elected to the Hall of Fame and deserves the continued consideration of Hall of Fame Selectors," said Bob Linscheid, president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. "It's our pleasure to formally present this nomination to the Hall of Fame as a demonstration our support."

Brodie is among several veteran Hall of Fame candidates to be considered by the veteran's committee. Veteran finalists will be determined next month.

Supporting the Chamber's nomination by speaking at the news conference were Dr. York, 49ers legends Gene Washington and Cedrick Hardman, and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown.

As a young boy growing up in Little Rock, Ark., Dr. York said that he had no local football team to root for so he chose the 49ers because of their exciting play. Brodie, selected third in the NFL draft by the 49ers in 1957, went on to lead the league in passing yards three times and led the 49ers to two NFC Championship games. 

"I want to see John Brodie in the Hall of Fame," York said.

Many of Brodie's former teammates were in the audience, including Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson. Former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci was also in attendance.

Brodie, whose No. 12 has been retired by the 49ers in his honor, also took the microphone to a standing ovation and thanked everyone for their support.

Linscheid announced the Chamber has launched an online petition and social media campaign: #BRODIE4HOF. More details can be found on the Chamber’s website.

For more on Brodie's remarkable career in San Francisco and unique ties to the Bay Area, read this feature story by's Tyler Emerick.

Attendees, including members of the media, pulled out their phones to provide first-hand accounts of the support for the 49ers all-time great:

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