Louisiana Tech to retire Fred Dean’s number
RUSTON – Louisiana Tech will bestow its top athletic honor on one of the greatest Bulldog football players in the program’s tradition-rich history when it retires the No. 70 worn by College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean.
The ceremony will take place at halftime of the Sept. 2 season-opener against Northwestern State at Joe Aillet Stadium, the home field that Dean terrorized opposing ball carriers and quarterbacks during his extraordinary career (1971-74).
“We are so honored to be able to retire the number of one of the greatest players in the history of Louisiana Tech Athletics,” said Tech Athletics Director Tommy McClelland. “Fred Dean has already been enshrined in the LA Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. What a trifecta. Now it is time for him to join Terry Bradshaw and Willie Roaf in another trifecta at his alma mater.”
Dean joins Bradshaw (12) and Roaf (71) as the only three Bulldog football players to have their number retired by the University.
“It is an honor and a privilege and something I can always feel good about,” said Dean. “It’s a big thing for me. I can tell you that. To see me acknowledged (alongside of Terry Bradshaw and Willie Roaf) for what I have done for the program and the school, it really paints a good picture for Louisiana Tech. And it makes me feel extra special because of that.”
During his playing days in Ruston, the local product from Ruston High School led the Bulldogs to an amazing 44-4 record, four Southland Conference titles and a pair of national championships in 1972 and 1973. He was a four-time All-Southland Conference selection, a two-time Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time All-American.
An outstanding pass rusher during his playing days, Dean recorded 392 tackles in four years with the Bulldogs, the sixth most in LA Tech history. He was drafted in the second round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers where he played for seven seasons and later joined the San Francisco 49ers where he played for parts of five seasons.
He was named as the UPI NFC Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year in 1983 when he recorded 17.5 sacks and led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl (he won two Super Bowls with the 49ers). During his playing days in the NFL, he was considered one of the premier pass rushers making four Pro Bowls while being named an All-Pro twice.
He was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990, the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.