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49ers coach says Californians live too well, October 14, 1958


1958_october_14_sports By Keith Thursby
Times staff writer

The coach was fed up with losing. So he blamed it all on ... living in California?

Frank Albert, coach of the San Francisco 49ers and a former star at Stanford, told the Chicago American Quarterbacking Club that football players from the Golden State "live too well."

"Our kids buy a new car from their first paycheck, put the top down and drive around in the sun as much as to say, 'If you want other players, go ahead and get them,'" Albert said.

His team was in Chicago to lose to the Bears, 28-6. "If you think we looked bad against the Bears, you should have seen us the week before," Albert said, referring to a 33-3 loss to the Rams. "After the game [Rams Coach] Sid Gillman called us fine gentlemen. Hell, we want to be called battlers, not gentlemen."

Albert's 49ers finished 6-6 in 1958, his last season as coach.

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