Article written by Pro Football Weekly staff, 8/2/11
Former NFL Scout with the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams
The San Francisco 49ers today announced that they have named John Becker Senior Personnel Advisor.
“We are very excited to add someone with John’s extensive knowledge of the NFL to the 49ers personnel department,” said 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke. “His experience in both coaching and player personnel will be extremely valuable to our organization.”
Entering his 29th season in the NFL, and his 18th season in player personnel, Becker has been a member of two Super Bowl championship teams (1999 – St. Louis Rams and 2006 – Indianapolis Colts) and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the 49ers. He will have both college and pro personnel responsibilities with the 49ers.
After beginning his NFL personnel career as the Director of College Scouting for the St. Louis Rams (1992-99), Becker went on to serve as the Indianapolis Colts Coordinator of Player Personnel (2000-05) before becoming an Area Scout (2006-08). Following the 2008 season, he retired from the NFL.
Becker spent 12 years in the NFL coaching ranks, most recently as the offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks (1989-91) and Colts (1987-88). Prior to being named the Colts offensive coordinator, he served as the team’s quarterbacks coach from 1985-86, after holding the same position with the Buffalo Bills in 1984. Becker began his NFL coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles, tutoring the running backs (1980-82) and wide receivers (1983).
In 1965, Becker began his coaching career as the head coach at Crespi High School in Encino, CA, while still completing his undergraduate degree at Cal-State Northridge. He was later named the freshman coach at UCLA in 1970. Becker later served as the offensive coordinator at New Mexico St. (1971) and the quarterbacks coach at New Mexico (1972-73). He was the head coach at Los Angeles Valley College (1974-76) before becoming the offensive coordinator at Oregon St. (1977-79).
Becker and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Kristine, Karen and John, and six grandchildren.