What they may not know is that former Coach George "Superstitious" Seifert once told him he was not worthy of playing for the Stanford Cardinal.
When the Fremont—born Plummer searched for a university to attend after being graduated from the East Bay's Ohlone College, he ran straight into the doubts of his future Super Bowl coach.
Seifert didn't think much of the 6—foot, 200—pound linebacker, saying he couldn't even carry water at Stanford.
Added to that insult was Seifert's opinion that Plummer wasn't even worthy of Pac—10 team.
The guy didn't give up.
In fact, showing a worthy attribute, Plummer was steadfast in his belief that he was fast enough, strong enough, smart enough and motivated enough to play in college.
He walked on at Cal, played nosetackle and then found the NFL didn't think much of him.
Still, once again showing admirable perseverance, Plummer persisted in his dream.
He played for the Oakland Invaders of the USFL from 1983 to 1985.
The next step was the San Diego Chargers, '86—'93.
He hit pay dirt with the 49ers, '94—'97, where he was welcomed "home" with open arms by 49ers Faithful like me.
As Plummer was contemplating where to play after the Chargers, he had to shed a deeply held resentment against Seifert.
It is said that during this period, Seifert told him he may not have been suitable Stanford material, but he had proven he was ready for the 49ers.
It didn't hurt that the linebacker was now 6—2, nearly 250 pounds and a proven player.
Plus, he could hit hard.
He was the perfect accompaniment to Norton.
The linebacker whom many had doubted became the Super Bowl winner's most—reliable run—stopper.
The result was a No.2 ranked San Francisco run defense.
The team's entire defense prospered for a variety of reasons that year, but Plummer's contributions and take—no—prisoners attitude cannot be underestimated.
In the playoffs, a ferocious and determined Plummer excelled.
His tough—guy intensity was shared by Norton.
Both were very smart players.
It was a match that helped propel the 49ers to their claim as the first franchise to win five Super Bowls.
(Some day, we'll make it six and then seven, and ace the Steelers, once again!)
The Super Bowl blow—out victory against San Diego must have been sweet for Plummer, after leaving the Chargers.
This year, he will continue to be the analyst on KNBR's 49ers broadcasts.
He will also be writing a blog titled "Points of the Game" on the 49ers official Web site.
He'll do as good a job with that, as he does on the radio, because he is:
- extremely intelligent
- a former NFL player
- an experienced analyst
- not afraid to state his opinion
- a natural communicator and likeable guy with an innate ability to relate to fans.