PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : SUPER BOWL : ‘Bar None’ Provides Spark for 49ers
While Deion Sanders is the dance leader of the San Francisco 49er defense, fullback William Floyd provides the swagger on offense.
Floyd is a rookie who signs autographs “Bar None,” a nickname he adopted after his agent declared during negotiations that he would be the best fullback in football “bar none.” And Floyd, like Sanders a Florida State product, is living up to the hype.
He has scored four touchdowns in the playoffs, and his blocking has been one of the reasons quarterback Steve Young has been sacked only once in two postseason games.
“He can block an end, he’s a good receiver and he’s a power runner,” Young said. “To me, he’s the consummate fullback. When we lost Tom Rathman, we got a rookie who doesn’t play like a rookie.”
Marc Logan took over as the 49ers’ starting fullback when Rathman went to the Raiders before the season, but lasted only five games in that role. Floyd got his first start at Detroit, where he helped rally San Francisco from a 14-0 deficit, and has been the starter since.
He was criticized by Coach George Seifert for excessive end zone celebrations, but Seifert and the rest of the 49ers eventually have fed off those outbursts.
“I couldn’t change myself, and I told Coach Seifert that,” Floyd said. “He really respects me for that, for being myself. The Detroit week, everybody was over my back about me celebrating and all different things. Then as soon as Deion and the rest of the guys got into the act, there was nothing else said about it. I like that.”