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39. Matt Hazeltine

Matt Hazeltine came from the University of California as a Fourth Round Pick in 1955, and the Linebacker remained in his native state through the majority of his pro career.

Hazeltine started as Linebacker as a rookie, and he maintained that role throughout his Niners career.  The former Golden Bear was named to the Pro Bowl in 1962 and 1964, and he started 185 of his 190 Games with San Francisco.

He would later be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Selected in the 4th Round, 45th Overall in the NFL Draft 1/27/55.
  • Departed: Signed with the New York Giants before the 1970 Season.
  • Games Played: 190
  • Notable Statistics:

    185 Games Started
    13 Interceptions
    130 Interception Return Yards
    1 Interception Return Touchdown
    18 Fumble Recoveries
    99 Fumble Recovery Yards 
    2 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    38.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    1 Punt Return
    1 Punt Return Yard
    4 Kick Returns
    58 Kick Return Yards
    65 Approximate Value**

    1 Playoff Game

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.
    **Approximate Value was not a stat until the 1960 Season.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1962 & 1964)
    Pro Bowl (1962 & 1964)

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