Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., former owner of the five-time Super Bowl Champion San Francisco 49ers and the two-time Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, has been a dominate figure in the world of sports. Following in his father’s footsteps of success and achievement, DeBartolo Jr. and the 49ers won five Super bowl Championships (1981, 1984, 1988, 1989, and 1994) in what has been described as the “winningest” decade in NFL history.
A strong believer in community, DeBartolo Jr. has made considerable donations to his alma maters, Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, and Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio.
Having always maintained a close relationship with his players, DeBartolo was asked to present Joe Montana at his induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 and presented Fred Dean in 2008. When the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame celebrated DeBartolo’s induction, three former 49ers, Montana, Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott, spoke in his honor. In 2009, DeBartolo Jr. was inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame.
His was inducted to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.