On Tuesday John McVay, grandfather of Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay, died at the age of 91. John McVay was the former general manager of the San Francisco 49ers and worked in the front office during their dominance in the 1980s and 90s.
In a statement, the 49ers wrote,
“This is a very sad day for our organization and the entire football community. John McVay was a driving force in constructing teams for our five Super Bowl titles. Most importantly, John was a Hall of Fame person who built genuine and sincere relationships with front office staff, coaches and players...Our thoughts and prayers are with the McVay family.”
The Rams added,
“The Rams and the NFL community are saddened by the news of John E. McVay’s passing and our thoughts are with Coach Sean McVay, the entire McVay family, and everyone that he impacted throughout his life. John was such an instrumental influence on Sean and his leadership qualities permeate our entire organization through the relationship he had with his grandson. John’s legacy will live on forever and he marks he left on his family, our league, and our game will never be forgotten.”
The Rams are saddened by the passing of John E. McVay. His legacy will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/s3vWqmMSCX— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) November 1, 2022
One of the coolest moments during media week prior to Super Bowl LVIII was hearing Sean McVay speak about his grandfather. The Rams head coach spoke very highly of John McVay and his legacy in the NFL and impact that he had in Sean’s career. McVay always spoke very highly of his grandfather and their positive relationship.
Asked McVay about his grandfather.. one of the most influential and important figures in NFL history. #SBLIII pic.twitter.com/rOoacgyMxw— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) January 29, 2019
Our thoughts are with Sean McVay and the entire McVay family for their loss.