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49er Eason Ramson & Coach Bill Walsh, Sports Illustrated 1996

Eason Ramson
Founder & Director

Eason Ramson is best known for his years playing for the San Francisco 49ers during his ten year NFL career.  After graduating from Washington State University with a sociology degree, Eason was drafted to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1978. After one year in St. Louis Eason was traded to the San Francisco 49ers where he played for five years and was a part of the 49ers first Super Bowl team in 1981. Eason went on to play for the Denver Broncos for two years before retiring as a Buffalo Bill in 1987.

Many don't know where his life went after football and the obstacles he overcame to become a pioneer in educating children on the importance of staying in school and saying no to drugs and alcohol. During his last few years in the NFL Eason found himself caught up in a fast paced lifestyle of drugs and alcohol and upon retirement was supporting a $1,000 a day crack habit. After years of drug abuse it ultimately proved to be too much and he found himself at the California Department of Corrections where he spent nearly 10 years.

In 1995, while lying on his prison bunk, Eason started to plan the formation of an organization he thought would confront and nurture what he felt was lacking within the community he grew up in during his childhood.  He believed that if someone would have sat him down, taught him life skills, what the consequences of peer pressure would be, and the importance of self-esteem he may have been able to cope and avoid the destructive life of drug abuse.  After his release from prison in Fall 2000, Eason enrolled in the Walden House Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Program and graduated in June 2001.  Upon graduation, Eason formed his own non-profit organization called Pros and Cons for Kids.

Eason has not forgotten how hard it was growing up and coping with drug addiction and prison.  Today his driving force is to teach the youth of our future how to make healthy choices to stay away from drugs and alcohol and remain in school. The past seven years Eason has worked with inner city youth in San Francisco as a program manager developing and providing youth empowerment programs. Eason is the Director for the Center for Academic Re-entry and Empowerment (CARE) at the YMCA Bay View Hunter's Point.  This program provides intensive educational support, youth advocacy & leadership engagement activities, life skills & empowerment curriculum, health & wellness programs, financial planning, recreational activities, and an intense mentor matching program.

Eason continues to work as a motivational speaker in San Francisco and other Bay Area communities. He also facilitates workshops that focus on developing positive self-esteem, youth empowerment, the importance of education, and how to say, "No to drugs and alcohol" in the face of peer pressure.

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Russ Francis
Honorary Board Member

Russ Francis spent 14 years as a professional football player. During that time he played 167 games for the New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers.  He caught 393 passes for 5,262 yards and scored 40 touchdowns.  He also played in three Pro Bowls and was selected to the All-NFL team in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1980.  In the 1985 Super Bowl championship game, Francis caught five passes for sixty yards as a tight end to help San Francisco win Super Bowl XIX.  In high school, Francis was not only a standout football player; he also excelled as an all-around athlete.  In 1971, he set the national high school javelin throwing record which stood for 17 years.  He attended The University of Oregon and was drafted in two separate sports; baseball by the Kansas City Royals and football.  In the NFL draft he was selected in the first round by New England.  After retiring from professional football, he performed as a sports broadcaster for ABC, CBS and ESPN covering a wide variety a competitive events including surfing and sky diving.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Aloha United Way. He was selected by CNN Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 greatest sports figures in Hawaii history.

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Dana McLemore
Honorary Board Member

Known for his quick feet and ability to break tackles, Dana was the fear of special teams throughout the NFL during his career, racking up the yards on kickoff and punt returns. Dana honed his football skills at the University of Hawaii from 1978-1981, were he still holds records to this day.   After an outstanding college career, Dana was drafted to the San Francisco 49ers in 1982 where he went on to play for six more seasons. Dana was a force to be reckoned with on kickoff and punt returns and quickly cemented himself in 49er history by being the all time team leader in punt return yards at 1,531 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a 93 yard return for a touchdown. Dana was also an integral part of the 49ers defense and special teams during their 1985 championship season, ultimately going on to win Super Bowl XIX.

 

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Bubba Paris
Honorary Board Member

William H. Paris Jr. is better known as "Bubba" Paris. He hails from Louisville, Kentucky where he attended DeSales High School and was team captain and MVP. He attended the University of Michigan where he played for Bo Schembechler. While playing for Michigan, they won two Big Ten titles, One Rose Bowl Championship and a Blue Bonnet Bowl Championship.  He was a four-year letterman, an All-American, two time All-American, Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-District. He also played in two college All-star games: the Japan and Hula Bowls.

At Michigan, he studied how structures and/or subcultures affect people's behavior and development. In 1982, he was the San Francisco Forty-niner's first draft choice. He played with them for nine years; eight of which he started at left tackle. In those nine years, they won three Super Bowl Championships, eight Western Division Titles and played in five NFC Championship games. They were known as the team of the decade!  He was also the players' union representative for five years. In the beginning of the 1992 football season, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent.  He played there for thirteen games. The Detroit Lions were desecrated by injuries on the offensive line so he was signed on to help shore up their offensive line and teach a young team how to stay focused and win in the post season. They won the Central Divisional Title and played in the NFC Championship.

Pros And Cons For Kids can help empower your child to say, "No" to drugs and alcohol in the REAL world.