Edward J. DeBartolo Jr.'s bronzed bust will be on the road this week as it has made its way to California for the upcoming San Francisco 49ers Alumni Weekend Festivities. The iconic bronzed bust will be displayed at the 49ers Museum in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Nov. 14 through Saturday, Nov. 19. The bust will then be displayed at the 49ers Alumni Weekend Dinner honoring DeBartolo Jr. on Saturday night. Next, the bust will be placed on display at midfield of Levi's Stadium on Sunday, Nov. 20 during a special halftime ceremony honoring DeBartolo Jr. as he receives the coveted Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence created by Kay Jewelers.
Take a look at some of the best photos of one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: former 49ers Owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.
DeBartolo Jr. was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past August in recognition to his contributions to the game as the longtime owner of the 49ers from 1977 to 2000. Known as the "player's owner," DeBartolo created a first-class atmosphere and infused the roster with talent that resulted in San Francisco enjoying an amazing string of winning seasons. During DeBartolo's tenure with the 49ers, the team made 16 playoff appearances, won 13 division titles, played in 10 championship games, and became the first franchise ever to win five Super Bowls – XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX.
DeBartolo shared an interesting anecdote about his bust and its sculptor during his Enshrinement speech in Canton. "Funny story about this bust. Back in 1982 the 49ers had won our first Super Bowl, Bill Walsh wanted to create a bust of the two of us. So he called a sculptor he had met in Utah by the name of Blair Buswell. He came down and did this mini sculpture. We asked him what his dream was. He said he wanted to make Hall of Fame busts one day, so we made a call. In the 34 years since, Blair has created over 80 Hall of Fame busts, including mine."