Gary Plummer (American football)

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Gary Plummer
Gary Plummer at 49ers Family Day 2009 2.JPG
Plummer in June 2009
No. 50
Position: Middle linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1960-01-26) January 26, 1960 (age 61)
Fremont, California
Career information
College: California
Undrafted: 1983
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:1,029
Interceptions:6
Sacks:4.5
Player stats at NFL.com

Gary Plummer (born January 26, 1960) is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL) and the United States Football League (USFL). He was signed by the San Diego Chargers as a free agent in 1986 after playing three years in the USFL. He played college football at California-Berkeley. Plummer won a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX.

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College career

Plummer played his first two years of junior-college football at Ohlone College, and then transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he played nose tackle.

Professional playing career

Oakland Invaders

After going undrafted in the 1983 NFL draft, Plummer joined the Oakland Invaders of the USFL. He played three years for the team. He played in the 1985 USFL Championship game. He wore #51 with the Invaders.

San Diego Chargers

After the USFL folded in 1985, Plummer was signed by the San Diego Chargers. He became a starter during his first season with the Chargers and started 106 of 119 games during the eight seasons he played there. He finished his career with the Chargers with 792 tackles, 3.5 sacks, and five interceptions. He scored two touchdowns in his time with the Chargers. His first was a 2 yard pass from Billy Joe Tolliver on October 7, 1990 vs. Pittsburgh. His second came on a 1 yard run vs. Denver on November 11, 1990. While with the Chargers he carried the ball 3 times for 9 yards.

San Francisco 49ers

Before the 1994 season, Plummer signed with the San Francisco 49ers. He played his final four seasons of his career with the 49ers and was a member of the 49ers Super Bowl XXIX victory over the Chargers. After the 1997 season, Plummer retired with 1,029 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and six interceptions.

Broadcasting career

From 1998 until April 2011, Plummer was a color analyst for KNBR 49ers game broadcasts. [1] He was fired from this position due in large part to frequent criticism of the team during broadcasts. [2] He also revealed that he suffered over 2500 concussions in the course of his career, even when most of them were very mild Grade 1-type, he has been recovering from the cumulative effects. [3]

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References

  1. "2010 Samsung 49ers Radio Network". Archived from the original on 2009-09-18. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
  2. 49ers fire Gary Plummer after radio show sex tales
  3. "Ex-49er Plummer estimates he suffered 2,500 concussions during career" . Retrieved 2018-02-21.