|Born:||May 27, 1935|
|Died:||April 27, 2014 (aged 78)|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school:||Mount Diablo High School|
|College:||Diablo Valley JC|
San Jose State
|NFL Draft:||1959 / Round: 7 / Pick: 78|
|AFL draft:||1960 / Round: 1|
Pick: First Selections
(by the Boston Patriots)
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Dan Colchico was born May 27, 1935, in Port Chicago, California, part of the San Francisco Bay Area. His father, an immigrant from Italy, was killed in an industrial accident when Dan was 6 years old.
Colchico was a tough child from a tough neighborhood who was naturally athletic from an early age. Particularly skilled on the football field, Colchico graduated from Mt. Diablo High School and attended Diablo Valley Junior College in Pleasant Hill, California before winning a scholarship to play at San Jose State College.
After graduating from Diablo Valley Junior College, Colchico entered San Jose State in February 1957. Wearing jersey number 88, Colchico was soon starting for the Spartans at the Right End position.
Colchico was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 7th round (78th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft. He was a member of the San Francisco 49ers organization for seven years from 1960-1967 (played 1960–1965 – in 1966 he performed Public Relations duties while in rehab for a ruptured Achilles tendon and upon being denied clearance to play by the 49er medical staff, was hired as the Defensive Line Coach in 1967) and played two seasons for the New Orleans Saints (1968-1969) before retiring from the NFL.
Life after football
Death and legacy
Among other accolades Dan was an Associated Press and United Press International All-American Honorable Mention during his collegiate career.
In 1962 Colchico was awarded the Len Eshmont Award, an award granted by the San Francisco 49ers to the player best exemplifying inspirational and courageous play and regarded as the highest team honor.
Colchico was also an inductee of the San Jose State Alumni Hall of Fame.
Colchico donated his brain to Boston University chronic traumatic encephalopathy Research Program with the hope of having others gain insight into the correlation of subconcussions received through playing Football and how it relates to addictive behavior, depression, impulse control and dementia. His brain samples subsequently showed he had chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
- Dave Newhouse, Founding 49ers: The Dark Days Before the Dynasty. Kent, OH: Black Squirrel Books/Kent State University Press, 2015; pg. 118.
- "Ten Jaycee Athletes Enter SJSC," Santa Cruz [CA] Sentinel, Feb. 13, 1957, pg. 8.
- "Spartans vs. Indians," San Mateo Times, Sept. 20, 1957, pg. 13.
- Steve Corkran, "Former 49er Dan Colchico Dies at 76," San Jose Mercury-News, April 28, 2014.
- "Services Set for 49ers Alum Dan Colchico," San Francisco 49ers, www.49ers.com/ April 29, 2014.
- "Daniel Colchico: NFL Football Statistics," Pro-Football-Reference.com/
- "110 N.F.L. Brains". New York Times. July 25, 2017. Retrieved 25 July 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: