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49ers dedicate win over Broncos to Tony York, two days after his death

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49ers dedicate win over Broncos to Tony York, two days after his death

SANTA CLARA — Moments after the 49ers’ 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the team shared a special moment in the locker room.

CEO Jed York attended the game the same weekend after learning his younger brother, Tony, passed away at the age of 35. Coach Kyle Shanahan presented York with a game ball afterward. York hugged Shanahan and general manager John Lynch. Then, York spoke to the team.

“This hasn’t been the easiest year for any of us. That’s probably the understatement of the year,” York said. “My brother was a great kid. He loved everything about this. He loved you guys. It was hard for him sometimes, and I think he’s at peace now.

“But I want you guys to know this: I talked to Kyle and John a little last night. Bill Walsh said something. . . 'Champions behave like champions before they’re champions.’ This team is going to be a champion."

York continued, “I’m going to leave a ring when we get one for my brother. And I want everyone to look around this room. Know how good that we can be. Believe in this brotherhood. Believe in this guy (Shanahan). Believe in this guy (Lynch). Believe in yourselves. And it’s going to be about mental toughness. It’s going to be about what can we get through more than the other 31 teams out there. And we are going to do it. You guys keep fighting your asses off. I’m going to get my brother a ring. I appreciate this (game ball) very, very much.”

Shanahan also spoke about Tony York at the beginning of his postgame press conference.

“For us to have a win today with what happened to him yesterday, it means a ton,” Shanahan said. “I know it means a lot to the York family. He was a special person who will be missed a lot.”

Left tackle Joe Staley, a 12-year veteran, was around Tony York longer than anyone else on the team. He described him as a “great guy.”

“It’s just absolutely heart-breaking for them,” Staley said. “It’s a tight, close-knit loving family, and any time there’s a young death like this, it’s just tragic. Your heart goes out to them, and you just feel so bad.”

The players were made aware of Tony’s Friday death at the team’s walk-through practice Saturday. The win was dedicated to his memory in the victorious locker room.

The 49ers improved to 3-10 with the well-timed victory. York also expressed his feelings in a message he posted on Twitter, which read:

Shanahan described Tony as the biggest 49ers fan he has known in the two years he has lived in the Bay Area as the organization's coach.

“This game was definitely for him,” Shanahan said.

Said Staley: “It was really special to get this win today. I don’t know how he did it, but it was unbelievable that Jed was even here in this situation. We wanted to get this win and play inspired football for him. It meant a lot.”

Tony was born in Youngtown, Ohio, and he was known as a friendly, kind person who was passionate about philanthrophy. A resident of Sausalito, Tony York is survived by his parents, John York and Denise DeBartolo York, brother Jed and sisters, Jenna and Mara.

“Obviously, there was a lot of enthusiasm in trying to get this game for him and for the family, for Dr. York, Denise and Jed,” 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said.

Anthony York, 49ers CEO Jed York's younger brother, dies at 35

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Anthony York, 49ers CEO Jed York's younger brother, dies at 35

SANTA CLARA — Anthony John York, younger brother of 49ers CEO Jed York, died Friday at the age of 35, the team announced Saturday. 

York, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, was the second child of 49ers owners John York and Denise DeBartolo. While he was not directly involved with the family football business, he was regularly seen at games in support. He is also survived by his younger twin sisters, Jenna and Mara. 

The York family provided the following statement:

With deep sadness, we mourn the passing of our beloved son and brother, Tony. Although our hearts are quite heavy at this time, we have so many special memories shared with him to carry us forward. 

Tony will forever be remembered as a bright, spirited entrepreneur with an unmatched passion to serve others who could brighten a room with his personality and sense of humor. Tony, we love you.”

Tony was born on August 3, 1983 in Youngstown, OH, to Denise DeBartolo York and John York. He is survived by his parents, brother, Jed (Danielle), sisters, Jenna and Mara, and nephews, Jaxon and Brixton.

A resident of Sausalito, CA, Tony attended Tulane University in New Orleans. An entrepreneur in the Bay Area high-tech industry, Tony founded Koda, a company focused on preparing young people for their first jobs upon graduating college. Koda was inspired by what he called “life-shaping experiences” as a senior at Tulane when Hurricane Katrina devastated the region.

Tony’s true passion lied in philanthropy, a trait instilled in him by his parents and shared closely with his brother and sisters. His compassion for others led him to support a number of non-profit efforts such as the 49ers Foundation and to work closely with incarcerated youth. 

Tony was a bright student and tremendous athlete, earning letters in football and baseball at Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, whose calling cards were his infectious sense of humor and his kindness.

Jed York says 49ers abstained from NFL anthem vote

Jed York says 49ers abstained from NFL anthem vote

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the vote was unanimous among all 32 teams in the league.

But San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York told reporters at the NFL owners meetings that the policy to prohibit players from any form of protest during the national anthem did not include his support.

The new NFL policy regarding the national anthem states::

--All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag the Anthem.

--Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.

--A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

--Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

--The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

“All 32 clubs want to make sure that during the moment of the anthem and the flag that that is a very important moment to all of us, as a league, as clubs, personally to our country,” Goodell said at a press conference in Atlanta. “And that’s a moment we want to make sure is done in a very respectful fashion.”

But York told a group of reporters the 49ers abstained from the vote. Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports was first to report York’s revelation. York has publicly supported the rights of 49ers players to exercise their First Amendment rights to protest peacefully.

“I think there are a lot of reasons, and I’m not going to get into all of those reasons. But I think the gist of it is really that we want to make sure that everything that we’re doing is to promote progress. And I think we’ve done a good piece of that so far,” York said, as reported by Kevin Seifert of ESPN.

The 49ers have been at the center of the movement to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid began kneeling at the start of the 2016 season. Kaepernick did not play in the league last year, but Reid continued kneeling, along with teammates Eli Harold, Marquise Goodwin and others. Reid has remained unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

The NFL Players Association fired back at the NFL policy, stating the players have demonstrated their patriotism, in part, "through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about."