Bob Titchenal, a charter member of the 49ers and former
Mr. Titchenal, a native of
A 6-foot-2, 190-pound center on the football team, Mr. Titchenal helped the Spartans compile a 35-3-2 win-loss record in three seasons. As a senior, he was an honorable mention All-America player and captained the 1939 team that finished with a 13-0 record. Dudley DeGroot was the head coach with legendary Pop Warner serving as the advisory coach.
Mr. Titchenal played professional football as a center and end for the Washington Redskins (1940-42) of the National Football League (NFL). In ’42, he played on the Redskins’ NFL Championship game and he was named to the Pro Bowl.
He played for the first 49ers team in 1946. The 49ers played in the All-America Football Conference. The next season he played for the Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC.
Mr. Titchenal interrupted his professional football career to serve in the Navy during World War II and attained the rank of lieutenant.
Mr. Titchenal’s coaching career began in 1948 at
Before Mr. Titchenal returned to
Mr. Titchenal coached eight seasons at
Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil, a quarterback on the 1957 Spartans, and quarterback Chon Gallegos, the 1961 NCAA passing leader, are among the best known players he coached at San Jose State.
The late Bill Walsh (1931-2007), a
His wife, Barbara; three sons, Gary, Alan, and Robbie; and three grandchildren, Michael, Christy and Matthew, survive Mr. Titchenal.
A memorial service is planned and details will be announced in the near future.
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