Tuesday, July 02, 2002

The 49ers are sad to announce that long time NFL scout Tony Razzano died today after a recent illness. He was 77.

Razzano was the head of the College Scouting Department for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979-91. He was instrumental in putting together the teams that won four Super Bowl titles (1981, ’84, ’88, ’89).

Prior to coming to the 49ers, Razzano served as an area scout for the New England Patriots (1976-78), San Diego Chargers (1967-71) and Washington Redskins (1963-67).

Tony is survived by his wife Carolyn and six grown children - Robin, Tom, Lisa, Tony Jr., David and Elizabeth and eight grandchildren. Son, David is a scout with the St. Louis Rams.

“Tony was one of those chief components in building the 49ers dynasty,” Bill Walsh said. “He was a dedicated professional who contributed heavily to the acquisition of many of our great players, including being an advocate of Joe Montana.”

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home, 941 S. Mill St., New Castle, PA, 16101.

The team released WR Brian Haugabrook (Florida) and S Ontei Jones (Oklahoma)