The 49ers were lucky in that they stayed competitive and both quarterbacks were able to achieve their personal goals of winning Super Bowls and being elected to the pro football Hall of Fame. Most teams are not so fortunate. Most of them end up like the Jets, floundering to find their identity. Lazarus’ case study of the ultimate competition shows that winning isn’t always pretty.
David Kent is the director of the Village Library of Cooperstown. He can be reached at email@example.com.