TAMPA, Fla. -- Former owner Eddie DeBartolo says this season's 49ers remind him of their back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams from 1988 and '89, adding: "I don't see any reason they can't win the Super Bowl."

DeBartolo, speaking with Bay Area media before Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also envisions the 49ers locking up coach Jim Harbaugh to a contract extension soon.

"It's very important," DeBartolo said of an extension, "but you get to a period of time -- Bill (Walsh) was that way, George (Seifert) was that way -- and get you really, really tired. There's a certain period of time you get a burnout.

—... They're well on their way to getting that (extension) done."

DeBarolo turned over ownership control to his sister, Denise nearly 15 years ago. He lives some 12 miles from Raymond James Stadium. He has owned a luxury box at the stadium for 12 years, but Sunday's game marked only his second he's seen from it.

DeBartolo expects a "very emotional" return to Candlestick Park next week when he serves as the honorary captain in the stadium's final regular-season game, with the 49ers hosting the Atlanta Falcons on "Monday Night Football." He expects to be joined by such 49ers legends as Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark, but not Joe Montana, whom DeBartolo believes can't make it.


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Although he agreed that "The Catch" game proved as Candlestick's highlight because it "started something" -- specifically, the 49ers' first of five Super Bowl-winning seasons -- DeBartolo shared another classic memory:

"One that sticks out is from 1977. I walked up with a photographer. He wanted a picture from the upper deck. One fan hit me in the head with a full beer bottle and almost knocked me out. The least he could have done was drink it."

DeBartolo hasn't yet seen the 49ers' new home, Levi's Stadium, which remains under construction and is expected to open next offseason.

"It's going to make Jerry's stadium (the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium) look obsolete. It's totally high tech. They deserve to host the Super Bowl (in February 2016)."

DeBartolo is among the 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A finalist last season, DeBartolo called his latest bid: "A great honor just to be among the 25. It'd be phenomenal (to get in), but not the end of the world (if not)."

DeBartolo said he's simply looking forward to Charles Haley's potential induction.

"He's going in this year," vowed DeBartolo, noting he's already been asked by Haley to present him at Canton, Ohio.

DeBartolo attended the 49ers' NFC title game at Atlanta last season but stayed at his Montana home rather than attend Super Bowl XLVII.

"I couldn't bear it. Too tough," DeBartolo said of the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans. "But I'm going this year when they're in New York."

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