Top 50 San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers history goes all the way back to 1946, where they were a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and were the first professional team in the Bay Area.  They joined the NFL when the two leagues merged, but it was not until the 1980s where they had any significant success.

Legends like Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice arrived, and they won three Super Bowls in the 80s (XVI, XIX & XXIII) and two in the 90s (XXIV & XXIX).  With an overall Super Bowl record of 5-2, the 49ers are one of the most successful teams in league history and one of the most popular.


Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.

This list is active up until the end of the 2020 Season.

We all know that the San Francisco 49ers have given us multiple Hall of Famers and won several Super Bowls.  Despite that, there is no other man that could be debated as the greatest 49er than Jerry Rice, who is also undoubtedly the best Wide Receiver in the game's history.
A National Champion at Notre Dame in 1977, Joe Montana was a Third Round Pick two years later by the San Francisco 49ers, where he began his pro career as Steve DeBerg’s backup.
We were not conflicted in making Jerry Rice the greatest player in the history of San Francisco 49ers.  As for who came next, it was not as simple. Actually, the real question was which Hall of Fame Quarterback would be next, Steve Young or Joe Montana.  As you have easily deduced, we decided on Montana, but it was a last-minute decision.  It was…
In the 1980s, The San Francisco 49ers were a high-octane team known primarily for their stars at Quarterback (Joe Montana) and Jerry Rice (Wide Receiver).  However, if you are going to be blowing teams out, that means your defense was holding down opponents, which San Francisco did in the 80s through the leadership of Ronnie Lott.
A two-time All-American and College Football Hall of Famer from the University of Minnesota, Leo “The Lion” Nomellini was the 11thOverall Pick of the NFL Draft in 1950; a selection that paid dividends for over a decade for the San Francisco 49ers.
How good an athletic family did Jimmy Johnson come from?  The Pro Football Hall of Famer was the brother of the 1960 Olympic Gold Medalist (Decathlon), Rafer Johnson.
The professional football career of Patrick Willis was considered brief, as he only played eight seasons, but they were electric campaigns.
There have many Running Backs who were equally capable of the receiving game, but there can only be one groundbreaker.  That man was Roger Craig.
Joe Perry played football for the Naval Air Station Alameda, after a stint in the military, and despite being African-American in the 1940s and playing for a non-big-time school, Perry was highly scouted by both the NFL and the upstart All-American Football Conference.  Perry opted for the San Francisco of the AAFC over the Los Angeles Rams, and the Fullback became…
Bob St. Clair was a Third Round Pick from Tulsa in the 1953 Draft, and the player they called the "Geek" would make the San Francisco area his home for the rest of his life.
A First Round Pick from Washington, Hugh McElhenny traveled down the Interstate-5 to begin his professional football career.
Debuting for the San Francisco 49ers as a Second Round Pick from UCLA in 1976, Randy Cross played his entire 13-year career with the Niners, where he would help them win three Super Bowls.
The 2007 28thOverall Draft Pick from Central Michigan, Joe Staley started at Right Tackle in his rookie year for San Francisco before being moved to Left Tackle, where he remained their starter for well over a decade.

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From Chattanooga, Terrell Owens was drafted in 1996’s Third Round by the San Francisco 49ers, and he found out quickly that his talents were worthy of the National Football League.
Drafted from the University of Oregon in the Third Round in 1964, Dave Wilcox won the Left Linebacker role during his rookie season, and he would hold on to it until he retired after the 1974 Season.
Before there was Joe Montana and Steve Young, there was John Brodie, who played his entire 201-Game career with the San Francisco 49ers.
Frank Gore will go down in history as one of the most durable and ageless Running Backs of the game.  That all began in San Francisco.
Bryant Young was the Seventh Overall Pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 1994, and the All-American from Notre Dame won the starting Left Defensive Tackle job as a rookie.
By today’s standards, the way Y.A. Tittle arrived to the San Francisco 49ers was unique. The LSU Quarterback was the Sixth Overall Pick in 1948 when the Detroit Lions took him, but he opted to sign with the Baltimore Colts of the AAFC instead.  Tittle did well, and the Colts were one of the teams that merged with the NFL when the…