Dan Bunz
Bunz (57) playing for the 49ers in Super Bowl XVI
No. 57     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1955-10-07) October 7, 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth: Roseville, California
Career information
College: Long Beach State
NFL Draft: 1978 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 1978 1984)
Career highlights and awards
* 2x Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX)
Sacks     1
Interceptions     4
Fumble recoveries     14
Stats at

Dan Bunz (born October 7, 1955) is a former American Football linebacker who played for the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions of the National Football League in an eight-year career that lasted from 1978 to 1985.

Bunz played at California State University, Long Beach and Oakmont High School before being drafted in the first round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the 49ers. He had a small role in the 1979 movie North Dallas Forty. He has been teaching physical education at Sutter Middle School, in Sacramento, California for over 22 years.[1]

The Stop Edit

In Super Bowl XVI (January 24, 1982), Bunz made one of the most famous tackles in NFL history. On a critical 3rd-and-goal from the 1-yard line, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson passed to Charles Alexander in the right flat, but Bunz came up fast, grabbed Alexander around the waist, and hurled him backward before he could break the plane of the goal line. Had Bunz tackled Alexander low, his momentum certainly would have carried him into the end zone.[1][2][3]

Personal life Edit

Bunz is a lifelong Placer County resident who grew up in Roseville with his older siblings Ben and Dennis. He retired from the Detroit Lions at age 30 after a contract dispute, and became a teacher at Sutter Middle School in Sacramento. He and his wife own a farm on the Placer County Wine Trail.[1][4]

In 1984 Bunz opened Bunz & Company restaurant and sports bar in his hometown of Roseville, California. He sold the restaurant in 1999, and it closed in the summer of 2012.[5] On January 19, 2013, Bunz and some other entrepreneurs opened 2H - 2nd Half at Bunz & Company in the same location as the original Bunz and Company. [6] Appeared in an episode of HGTV's Yard Crashers when his daughters back yard got a makeover. Hillside Terrace (2012)[7]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Davidson, Joe (27 January 2017). "Ex-49er Dan Bunz still revels in game-saving stop in Super Bowl XVI". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  2. "Super Bowl XVI San Francisco 26 Cincinnati 21, Goal Line Stand" (YouTube).
  3. Merron, Jeff. "The greatest Super Bowl subs ever" (Page2).
  4. Brown, Daniel (15 January 2016). "49ers' Super Bowl hero Dan Bunz now bathes in lavender". The Mercury News. Bay Area News Group. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  5. "Former 49er's Roseville Restaurant Closes After 30 Years". CBS13 (Sacramento, CA). 27 May 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  6. Anderson, Scott Thomas (15 January 2013). "2H at Bunz & Company determined to recapture the magic". Roseville and Granite Bay Press Tribune. Retrieved 28 September 2017. "Super Bowl champion founder returns for grand opening on Jan. 19"
  7. "DIY Network Yard Crashers with Bushnell Landscape Design Build and SF 49er, Dan Bunz". 6 August 2012. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.

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