From "Coach's Corner", Meet Me At the Van's Newsletter,
My friendship with Bobb began over 20 years ago. It was 1979
and I had started playing racquetball with some of Bobb's linemen
and other 49ers-Randy Cross, Bruce Elia, John Ayers, Scott Hilton,
Danny Bunz and Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds. Believe it or not, I didn't
even know they were 49ers until the 3rd or 4th time we met at
the courts. I really couldn't have cared less at the time-they
couldn't win more than 2 games that season and I was more interested
in playing sports than watching.
The Van's became the place for them to hang out with their families,
girlfriends, buddies and one coach-the only one accepted by his
players to hang out with them-Bobb McKittrick. Bobb and his wife
Teckla would come up to The Van's with the players and so I had
the good fortune to meet them. I immediately grew close to Bobb.
He is everything I admire in a human being and personifies the
two qualities I value most-honesty and loyalty. Knowing Bobb the
way I do is an amazing lesson in life.
He breaks down the game of football and the game of life in the
same manner: If you want to achieve your goals, you must have
a burning desire and the ability to focus on it, stamina and perseverance
to hone and refine your skills, and be willing to give whatever
is necessary to reach them.
Intensity, Skill & Sacrifice - Bobb McKittrick
lives it, teaches it and has displayed it throughout his life.
Everyone around him respects him for his integrity.
I love you Bobb!!
Your friend forever - Loring