With the 49ers hosting the conference championship game Sunday, these are heady times for local football fans. Last Saturday, Donte Whitner forced a goal-line fumble by the New Orleans Saints’ Pierre Thomas in a play that may go down in the annals with the stop by Dan Bunz of the Cincinnati Bengals’ 275-pound fullback, Pete Johnson, in the Niners’ first Super Bowl victory 30 years ago this month.
What a lot of fans don’t know is that Bunz and his buddy and ex-teammate, George Visger, are about to meet with Visger’s state senator, Ted Gaines of Sacramento, to discuss traumatic brain injury in football. This follows a recent lengthy meeting in Southern California between Visger and U.S. Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, who, in 2009 hearings of the House Judiciary Committee, had become the first prominent elected official to use the T analogy – tobacco – to characterize the National Football League’s “slow walk” of the concussion issue.
CONTINUED TODAY AT BEYOND CHRON, THE SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE NEWSPAPER: