Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds
Jack Reynolds played linebacker for the Rams and 49ers in the 1970s and 80s, making two Pro Bowls and helping San Francisco win two Super Bowls. He earned the nickname “Hacksaw” because, as an all-American linebacker at Tennessee, he once sawed a car in half after a disappointing loss. A Cincinnati native who was the 22nd overall pick in the 1970 Draft, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound Reynolds played 15 seasons in the NFL. His personality was strange and erratic – “he can be grumpy one moment and charming the next,” the New York Times once said of him. He was compulsive in his preparation, known to stay up late to watch game film and even sleep in the locker room. During the offseason, he lived on a remote Caribbean island called San Salvador (“That’s where Columbus landed,” he once told a reporter.) in a house Reynolds built himself. In 1985, Reynolds quit football at age 37 after his coach, Bill Walsh, mailed a letter to Reynolds’ island home – which had no telephone – requesting his retirement.