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.

Jeff Garcia was undrafted in 1994, but the San Jose State Quarterback went up north to play in the Canadian Football League for five seasons with the Calgary Stampeders. Garcia was successful in Canada, where he was a four-time CFL All-Star and was a Grey Cup Champion, and this got him signed by the 49ers to backup Steve Young.
Abe Woodson is arguably the best Returner in San Francisco 49er history.
Fred Quillan was a late round pick from Oregon in 1978, and the former Duck played all of his professional games in the National Football League with the team that drafted him, the San Francisco 49ers.
Arriving in San Francisco in his fifth season, Garrison Hearst would have the best and also most traumatic time in football with the Bay Area team
Dwight Hicks began his professional career with the Toronto Argonauts, only a few hours from where he played his college ball (Michigan).  After a year in Canada, Hicks signed with the San Francisco 49ers, where he would bring passion and character.
Brent Jones was a Fifth Round Pick from Santa Clara, and the Tight End would only see ten Receptions in his first two years in football, although he was a member of San Francisco’s Super Bowl XXIII Championship Team.
A Fourth Round Pick from Auburn in 1986, Steve Wallace played all but his last season with the San Francisco 49ers.
An All Big-8 Selection at Missouri, Eric Wright was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the Second Round of the 1981 Draft.
John Taylor was one of the few players to be drafted from Delaware State when the San Francisco 49ers took him with their Third Round Pick in 1986.
After six years with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, Strong Safety, Tim McDonald signed with the San Francisco 49ers, where he maintained his Pro Bowl level at the Strong Safety position.
Vernon Davis was an All-American at Maryland, and he was so dominant that the San Francisco 49ers took him Sixth Overall (2006), a high slot for a Tight End.
John Ayres was an unsung hero of sorts for the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him in the Eighth Round in 1976.