Bono back with Niners

Until this past season, the 49ers had one alumni coordinator. Now they have four. And the latest face to join the crowd is no stranger to the team.

The Niners announced Friday that they have signed former quarterback Steve Bono to join the team's current staff of alumni coordinators Guy McIntyre, Jesse Sapolu and Eric Wright. That trio took over last season from R.C. Owens, the former Niners' receiving great who had held the position for several years. Owens retired in 2001 after undergoing three surgeries in the previous two years.

"This gives us an opportunity to reach out to more of our alumni," said Niners player development director Keena Turner, who helped with the transition last year after Owens retired.

"It also helps us to be more involved in the community and to allow the public to interact with the San Francisco 49ers and our great history."

Bono played 14 seasons in the NFL, including from 1989-93 for the Niners, when he saw action in 34 games, including six starts. Bono threw for 10,439 yards and 62 touchdowns in his career, completing 220 of 359 passes for 2,558 yards and 14 TDs during his stint with the Niners.

The Niners' alumni association helps support the team's football operations while also attempting to keep all former players and coaches connected to the 49ers. The alumni coordinators also assist in the sales and marketing areas of the team and support the community relations effort by attending several events throughout the season.

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