The man that helped create a pass-catching monster, Green Bay’s Davante Adams, is a former 49ers quarterback who lives in the Bay Area and serves as a franchise goodwill ambassador.
Steve Bono, 59, bleeds red and gold – and he also has a notable connection with Adams, the first-team All-Pro who doomed Bono’s former team in September. A player who will look to do so again Saturday night on a bigger stage: The 49ers’ visit to Lambeau Field in a divisional-playoff showdown.
Bono laughed this week when asked about his role in Adams’ early development more than a decade ago at Palo Alto High and its potential unintended consequence: Should he be held partly responsible if the 49ers don’t reach the NFC Championship Game?
“I’d like to think I have a little piece,” said Bono, a Palo Alto Vikings offensive assistant from 2001-2015. “It’s not just me. It’s the Palo Alto community. Palo Alto High School. The coaches he played for. The kids that he played with. It takes a village.”
It will take a host of players to try to contain Adams, 29, on Saturday. He leads the NFL in catches (432), receiving yards (5,310) and receiving touchdowns (47) since 2018. And the Bay Area native specializes in tormenting the 49ers. His average stat line in six career meetings: 9.6 catches, 132.6 yards and one touchdown.
In his last game against the 49ers, Green Bay’s 30-28 walk-off win in…