As the 49ers prepare to say goodbye to Candlestick Park, they're welcoming back bygone stars to countdown the stadium's greatest moments. Expect to see Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark and others as season progresses.
Roger Craig goes first. He'll kick off the festivities Thursday before the 49ers' preseason opener against the Denver Broncos.
Craig, the four-time Pro Bowler, will serve as honorary captain at the coin toss and help commemorate the moment 49ers fans voted as No. 10 in 'Stick history: a 30-3 thrashing of the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game on Jan. 14, 1990.
In an interview Tuesday, Craig recalled that the Rams led that game 3-0 and where headed for a 10-0 lead when receiver Flipper Anderson looked poised to catch a long touchdown pass. "And then Ronnie Lott -- like he had a cape on -- came flying over like Superman to break it up,'' Craig said, laughing at the memory.
"He knocked it out right before it was Flipper's hands. That was the big shift for us right there. It changed everything."
Craig said that championship game was also notable for the across-the-board contributions from the roster: Brent Jones and John Taylor joined him by scoring touchdowns, and Mike Cofer kicked three field goals in the second half.
The 49ers kept things rolling in the ensuing Super Bowl XXIV, beating the Denver Broncos 55-10 at the Superdome.
The 49ers are expected to reveal more plans about the countdown in an official announcement Wednesday.