Bob St. Clair dies

San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Bob St. Clair died today in Santa Rosa after suffering complications from a broken hip. He was 84.

St. Clair was born in San Francisco. He went to San Francisco’s Polytechnic High School and the University of San Francisco before playing his entire professional career (1953 to 1963) with the 49ers. He was a nine-time All-Pro offensive tackle, and he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1990.

To read his obituary by Kerry Benefield, click here.



  1. Said but true. Attended every niner game starting in 1947 with my dad. The player that got booed by far the most was st. Clair. This in spite of the fact that he was an all pro. The reason I think? Because he was so tall and stood out it was easier to see when he missed a block.

  2. I remember “The Geek” as he was nicknamed very well. He played most of his Niner career @ 275, coupled with his 6-9 frame, he was huge in those days. 5 Pro Bowls, 9 All-Pro selections, he was largely responsible for RB’s like Hugh McElhenny, Joe Perry & JD Smith having so much success. He helped protect QB’s Y. A. Tittle & John Brodie. He should’ve been inducted into the NFL HOF decades earlier than he was (1990 induction).

  3. I met Bob a couple of times in the 90’s. He was a nice guy with a sense of humor. I remember catching a reflection of me talking to him in a window; I almost laughed at how much he towered over me.

  4. R.I.P. Bob I coached against his grand daughters, they were incredible high school basketball players. He was the ultimate family man.

    1. My son Dan Fouts and I would like to send a card to his family, but we don’t have the St. Clair address. Can you help us?
      Thanks,Bob Fouts

      1. Fouts family:
        I don’t know if Grant or Lowell can help Bob, but can’t the Niners org? Perhaps SR PD Obits can link to services?

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