Tom Rathman has spent the past eight seasons as the San Francisco 49ers running backs coach. However, the former Husker has decided to leave the organization.
New 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan brought along Atlanta Falcons running backs coach Bobby Turner, who Shanahan had promised a job when he became a head coach.
Shanahan said he hoped to maintain Rathman, but the longtime running backs coach wasn't interested in another role.
"What happened to me is very similar to what happens all around the league," Rathman said during an appearance on San Francisco's KNBR radio station. "You get a new head coach, he’s got his guys that come with him. He promised Bobby Turner a job to coach running backs... He should feel comfortable with the guys he brings in here and works with. I just thought taking a step back, I just didn’t want to have anyone feeling uncomfortable with me being there."
Rathman, who set a single season record as a fullback at Nebraska, won two Super Bowls as a player with San Francisco and had been part of the organization for 22 of the past 31 seasons. He rushed for over 2,000 yards and 26 touchdowns in nine NFL seasons — eight with the 49ers and one with the Los Angeles Raiders. He had 881 rushing yards and eight touchdowns as a senior at NU.
“It was all positive,” Rathman said to CSN Bay Area. “I have no hard feelings. It’s just the nature of the business. Everybody just has to understand that. In pro football, coaches get fired and new guys come in and they bring their guys. I totally understand it. I don’t have a problem with it.”
Rathman said he hopes to resume coaching in the NFL.
“I’m looking to do another stint, one more push, in pro football and just try to get to that Super Bowl level and win another Super Bowl,” Rathman told CSN Bay Area.
You can listen to the Grand Island native's full appearance on KNBR here.