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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Today's Birthday:
Steve Bono, Former 49ers Quarterback

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM


Former 49er Steve Bono turns 49 today. Bono is among a group of great athletes to play quarterback for San Francisco. For better or worse, he backed up two of the greatest ever to play the game -- Joe Montana and Steve Young -- so his playing time was limited. However, in 1991, with Montana out for the year and Young injured, Bono started six games, going 5-1 and finishing the year as the NFL's fourth-rated passer.

Bono was with the 49ers for five years, from 1989 through 1993, longer than any other team he played for. In 1994 he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he again backed up Montana, who had gone there before him. After Montana's retirement, Bono started for the Chiefs for several years but eventually was succeeded by Elvis Grbac, who (strangely) had also been with the 49ers as a backup to Young.

Bono's son, Christoph, played quarterback for Palo Alto High School's football team and last year led them to a perfect regular-season record and a state championship.

People who share May 11 as a birthday include former Oakland A's pitcher Bobby Witt, singer Eric Burdon (who sang "On a Warm San Francisco Night" with the Animals), Surrealist painter Salvador Dali, influential dancer and choreographer Martha Graham, and standup comedian Mort Sahl (who's now based in San Francisco).

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