SANTA CLARA — Tim Ryan, one of the nation's best and underrated analysts over the past 12 years, is replacing Eric Davis as Ted Robinson's wingman on 49ers broadcasts, the team announced Wednesday.
Ryan is no stranger to the 49ers, having served as the color analyst on their exhibition broadcasts the past three years. An Oak Grove High-San Jose product and former Chicago Bears defensive lineman, he worked for Fox Sports from 2002-13 while moonlighting as a SiriuxXM NFL Radio host.
Davis, who replaced Gary Plummer as the 49ers' color analyst three years ago, will continue to work on the NFL Network's morning show, "NFL AM."
"Tim Ryan's work on NFL Radio has, for years, been a constant accompaniment during my countless hours on the road," Robinson said in a statement. "Like Eric, Tim has taught me a great deal about the NFL. Now his instruction and insight will continue face-to-face.
"I know Tim will be a terrific asset to 49ers broadcasts and all media platforms, and, like Eric, will be an excellent broadcast partner. I thoroughly enjoyed three terrific seasons in the booth with Eric, both personally and professionally."
Ryan, 46, resides in San Jose with his wife Jacque, son Tim Jr. and daughter Kennedy. Ryan's playing career took him from Oak Grove to USC, where he became the Trojans' all-time leading tackler, and onto a five-year NFL career with the Chicago Bears before he sustained a career-ending neck injury.