--To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 49ers first Super Bowl season of 1981, former owner Eddie DeBartolo is threw a lavish party in Las Vegas for more than 500 of his former players, coaches and office workers.
The guest list included Joe Montana, Steve Young, former coaches Bill Walsh and George Seifert, and former assistants Jon Gruden, Mike Shanahan and Mike Holmgren and many, many others.
DeBartolo officially gave up ownership of the 49ers in 2000 in an agreement with his sister, Denise DeBartolo York, and her husband, John York, to end a contentious struggle. The Yorks were invited to the party but were unable to attend, a team spokesman said. In exchange for his share of the team, DeBartolo received stock and real-estate holdings.
DeBartolo was recently named the 235th-richest American by Forbes magazine with a net worth of $1.4 billion. He lives in Tampa, Fla., where he runs a real-estate development firm.
--Coach Mike Nolan is quite familiar with Larry Allen. Nolan was a defensive coordinator in the NFC East with the Giants and Redskins, and had to scheme against Allen for many years.
Nolan said one play stands out. He said he believed it was linebacker Corey Miller who intercepted a pass against the Cowboys and was heading for the end zone.
"He had the interception and had clear sailing," Nolan said. "Larry Allen ran him down before he got there. That says something about his toughness and his athleticism.
"Nowadays, at his age, I don't know he's going to run anyone down."
--Nolan said he was pleased with the first week of the 49ers' off-season program. He said the attendance for the voluntary workouts is not 100 percent, but it's about as good as he expected. Several players are absent for good reasons. Anthony Adams is getting married, while Maurice Hicks and Terry Jackson are working on their college degrees.
--Receiver Derrick Hamilton is still undergoing rehab work on his left knee after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in May. He missed all of last season. Rashaun Woods, who spent last season on injured reserve after undergoing surgery to repair torn thumb ligaments, is back and working with the other receivers.
--With the addition of Allen at left guard, the 49ers plan to shift Justin Smiley to right guard as the starter. David Baas and Eric Heitmann will work at guard and center. Veteran center Jeremy Newberry is making progress in his rehabilitation from knee surgery, which forced him out of six games last season.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"This is an excited football team. Larry was just down in the weight room, and he got the attention of some of our guys. The offensive and defensive players were excited about the addition of Larry." - 49ers coach Mike Nolan on the signing of free-agent guard Larry Allen.
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