When fans file into the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, they likely won’t be thinking of Everett “Eddie” Souza, but maybe they should.
The former football owner who guided the San Francisco 49ers to greatness — and five Super Bowl titles — in the 1980s and 90s. offers guidance from a distance, mentoring nephew and 49ers CEO Jed York.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the NFC Championship victory wasn’t that the 49ers beat the Falcons, but what took place in the locker room during the presentation of the George Halas trophy. Eddie DeBartolo accepted the hardware alongside Denise DeBartolo York with proud nephew Jed York beaming in the background.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith and his team’s owners – the York family area among a handful of oft-maligned NFL luminaries who could use a Super reputation boost.