In half-century history of the Super Bowl, a lineman who got his start at North DeKalb Stadium in Chamblee made it to the Big Show three times.
Steve Wallace, born in Atlanta in 1964, was a star lineman for the Chamblee High School Bulldogs and is an alumnus of the class of 1982.
Wallace later became a 6’5” 280 lb. standout offensive tackle at Auburn, where he blocked for Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson when they both played under legendary coach Pat Dye. The San Francisco 49ers selected Steve Wallace in the 4th round of the NFL draft. In his first year as a pro he made the all-Rookie team, and Steve was on his way to his first Super Bowl.
In a distinguished All Pro career with the 49ers under Coach Bill Walsh, Wallace was a vital part of three Super Bowl championships: 1989 in Miami, 1990 in New Orleans, and 1994 in Miami again. His main team role was crucial: to block the feared “blind side” for quarterback Joe Montana, later enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
Today the Steve Wallace Foundation for Everyday Championship not only motivates but also supports and builds self-esteem for underprivileged youth.
Super Bowl 50 will take place on Sunday February 7 in Santa Clara, CA.
Dr. Paul Hudson, historian at Perimeter College at Georgia State University and a longtime resident of the Brookhaven area, writes stories for the Buzz.