Rick Morabito, the nephew of the founder of the San Francisco 49ers and a front office executive on the team from 1983-92, has died, the 49ers announced Wednesday.
“With heavy hearts, we extend our deepest condolences and prayers to his family and friends,” the 49ers wrote Wednesday evening on Twitter.
Morabito was the son of Vic Morabito, who was a managing owner of the team from 1957 until his death in 1964. Rick’s father played football at St. Ignatius and then at UC Berkeley.
Vic’s brother and Rick’s uncle, lumber magnate Tony Morabito, founded the 49ers in 1946, the year after Rick was born.
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In 2010, Rick’s father and uncle were inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame, and he accepted the honor on their behalf. “It is a significant honor for two men who helped paved the way for professional football on the West Coast,” Rick said at the time to the San Jose Mercury News. “It is a great pleasure to receive the recognition on my father and uncle’s behalf.”
Rick also owned part of the 49ers franchise and worked in the team’s front office during the franchise’s most successful era. While he worked in the front office, the 49ers won three Super Bowls – in 1984, ’88 and ’94.
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