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29. Keith Fahnhorst

Keith Fahnhorst stood at 6’ 6” and tipped the scales at 275 pounds, so he brought a lot of size to the San Francisco 49ers who drafted him in the Second Round of the 1974 Draft.


Fahnhorst was used off of the bench and Special Teams for his first two years before he was elevated to their starting Right Tackle during the 1976 season.  The native Minnesotan became one of the more unheralded Niners lore players, as he was a steady presence for years.  In 1984, he was arguably the best Lineman in the NFL, as shown by his 18 in Approximate Value and First Team All-Pro.  San Francisco won the Super Bowl in the 1981 and 1984 season, and Fahnhorst was a huge reason why they won those championships. 

The Tackle would suffer a nasty neck injury in 1987, and he would retire after the season's end.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Right Tackle
  • Acquired: Selected in the 2nd Round, 35th Overall 1/29/74.
  • Departed:

    Retired after the 1987 Season.

  • Games Played: 193
  • Notable Statistics:

    160 Games Started
    8 Fumble Recoveries
    0 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Reception
    1 Receiving Yard
    1 Kick Return 
    13 Kick Return Yards
    96 Approximate Value

    10 Playoff Games

  • Played For: San Francisco 49ers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XVI & XIX) 
    First Team All-Pro (1984)
    Pro Bowl (1984)

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