San Francisco 49ers Best Players of All Time

The San Francisco 49ers are an iconic professional American football team that has been part of the fabric of Bay Area life for generations. Founded in 1946, they have become a powerhouse franchise within the National Football League (NFL), having won five Super Bowl titles and holding numerous records for success over their decades-long history. Their home games at Levi’s Stadium remain some of the most exciting events in sports, drawing thousands of passionate fans from around California and beyond who come to cheer on their beloved Niners.

1. Joe Montana

Quarterback

Joe Montana Career

  • 4× Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
  • 3× Super Bowl MVP (XVI, XIX, XXIV)
  • 2× NFL Most Valuable Player (1989, 1990)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1989)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1986)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1987, 1989, 1990)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1981, 1984)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (1981, 1983–1985, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993)
  • 2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1982, 1987)
  • 2× NFL passer rating leader (1987, 1989)
  • 5× NFL completion percentage leader (1980, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 16 retired
  • Bert Bell Award (1989)
  • 2× George Halas Award (1988, 1994)
  • Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1990)
  • 2× AP Athlete of the Year (1989, 1990)
  • National champion (1977)

Joe Montana is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He led the 49ers to five Super Bowl championships and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

Joe Montana started his career with the San Francisco 49ers, winning two Super Bowls during his time there. After leaving San Francisco, he played for the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring from football in 1994.

In 2003, he came out of retirement to play for the St Louis Rams, but retired again after one season due to injury. Joe Montana has been involved in several business ventures since retiring from football including a stake in a restaurant chain and a ownership role in an ice hockey team.

He currently resides near Sacramento with his wife Kathleen and their three children Josephine, Jack Jr., and Emmett。 He remains active on social media where he frequently posts about sports and current events。 Montana is remembered as one of the most clutch players in NFL history - even earning himself the nickname "Joe Cool".

His ability to make dramatic plays under pressure helped him lead his teams to countless victories over rivals such as Dallas Cowboys、 Denver Broncos、 Green Bay Packers、 Oakland Raiders、 Los Angeles Raiders and Washington Redskins。 Although he no longer actively participates in professional football, Joe Montana remains an iconic figure within American sport culture Joe Montana was a five-time Super Bowl champion and three-time MVP.

He is also one of only two players in NFL history to throw for over 50,000 yards and rush for over 10,000 yards. In 1989, he became the first player in league history to be named MVP unanimously. Joe has been inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame.

2. Ronnie Lott

Ronnie Lott Career

  • 4× Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
  • 8× First-team All-Pro (1981, 1983, 1986–1991)
  • 10× Pro Bowl (1981–1984, 1986–1991)
  • 2× NFL interceptions leader (1986, 1991)
  • NFL forced fumbles co-leader (1982)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1981)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 42 retired
  • National champion (1978)
  • Consensus All-American (1980)

A cornerback and safety, Ronnie Lott had an 11-year NFL career with the 49ers, Raiders, Jets and Giants. A five-time Pro Bowler (1981–1990), Lott led the league in interceptions twice (1983 and 1984) and was a first team All-Pro selection four times.

He also recorded 2,586 tackles (fourth all-time), 92 passes defensed (seventh all time) and 18 forced fumbles in his career. After playing for the US national football team at the 1981 Pan American Games, he became eligible to play in the NFL that year as a result of an agreement between the leagues agreed upon before player strikes halted play in 1982.

In 2001 he was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame as well as The National Football League Hall of Fame Ronnie Lott was a key part of the San Francisco 49ers' success in the 1990s. He was a 4x Super Bowl champion and 10x Pro Bowler, among other accolades. Ronnie Lott is also well-known for his interceptions and forced fumbles skills. In 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2018.

3. Jerry Rice

Wide receiver

Jerry Rice Career

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXIII)
  • 2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1987, 1993)
  • 10× First-team All-Pro (1986–1990, 1992–1996)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2002)
  • 13× Pro Bowl (1986–1996, 1998, 2002)
  • 6× NFL receiving yards leader (1986, 1989, 1990, 1993–1995)
  • 2× NFL receptions leader (1990, 1996)
  • 6× NFL receiving touchdowns leader (1986, 1987, 1989–1991, 1993)
  • NFL scoring leader (1987)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1985)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 80 retired
  • Bert Bell Award (1987)
  • 2× First-team I-AA All-American (1983, 1984)

Jerry Rice was one of the greatest wide receivers in NFL history. He is considered to be one of the best ever, and his career totals include over 1,500 receptions for 17,895 yards and 153 touchdowns.

Rice was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1985 and spent most of his career with them. He led the team to two Super Bowl victories (1985 and 1994) as well as five NFC Championship games. After spending a few years with the Oakland Raiders, he joined Seattle Seahawks where he won another Super Bowl in 2004.

From 2005-2007 Rice played for Denver Broncos before retiring at age 34 due to injuries sustained during a game against New England Patriots in 2008. Jerry rice has been involved with many charitable causes throughout his life including raising money for sick children through The Jerry Rice Foundation which he founded in 1997 together with wife Denise DeWitrice Rice Rice currently resides near Pebble Beach, California with wife Denise DeWitrice who also works as an ESPN analyst Jerry Rice was one of the most dominant receivers in NFL history and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players ever.

Rice won three Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, as well as MVP honors in each game. He also led the league in receptions and receiving yards several times over his career. After retiring from football, Rice has remained active off the field by opening a chain of restaurants called Jerry's Grill & Bar.

4. Steve Young

Quarterback

Steve Young Career

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
  • Super Bowl MVP (XXIX)
  • 2× NFL Most Valuable Player (1992, 1994)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1992)
  • 2× UPI NFC Offensive Player of the Year (1992, 1994)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1992–1994)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (1995, 1997, 1998)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (1992–1998)
  • 4× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1992–1994, 1998)
  • 6× NFL passer rating leader (1991–1994, 1996, 1997)
  • 5× NFL completion percentage leader (1992, 1994–1997)
  • 2× Bert Bell Award (1992, 1994)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 8 retired
  • Davey O'Brien Award (1983)
  • Unanimous All-American (1983)
  • Sammy Baugh Trophy (1982)
  • 2× WAC Offensive Player of the Year (1982, 1983)
  • 2× First-team All-WAC (1982, 1983)
  • BYU Cougars Jersey No. 8 retired

Steve Young was a professional quarterback who played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1987 to 1999. He led his team to several Super Bowl appearances, including victories in 1994 and 1995.

After retiring as a player, he served as the head coach of the 49ers from 2001 until 2006. In January 2007, he became the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks, where he remained until December 2013.

On February 7th, 2014, Steve Young was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio Steve Young is a three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time NFL MVP. He was also voted the UPI NFC Offensive Player of the Year in 1992 and 1994.

In his career, Young has amassed 7 Pro Bowl appearances and 4 All-Pro selections. He retired from professional football in 1998 after playing for the San Francisco 49ers for 18 seasons.

5. Roger Craig

Running back

Roger Craig Career

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
  • NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1988)
  • First-team All-Pro (1988)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1985)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1985, 1987–1989)
  • NEA NFL MVP (1988 - Chosen By NFL Players & Coaches)
  • First Player To Score 3 Touchdowns in a Superbowl, and Still Shares the Record for Most Touchdowns in a Superbowl
  • NFL receptions leader (1985)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame

Roger Craig was a running back for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders from 1983 to 1990. He is best known for rushing for 2,105 yards in his career and scoring 13 touchdowns.

In 1991, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings where he played until 1993. He then returned to play with the Oakland Raiders from 1994 to 1996 before retiring after the season finale of his second stint with that team.

Craig was inducted into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame as a member of their Halls of Fame in 2005 and 2008 respectively Craig was one of the most dominant running backs in NFL history, leading the league in rushing yards four times and scoring 38 touchdowns during his 15-year career.

He is perhaps best known for his performance in Super Bowl XXIII, where he rushed for a record 204 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the 49ers to victory over the Raiders. Craig also won several awards throughout his career, including being named MVP of the 1988 season and first-team All-Pro five times.

6. Frank Gore

Running back

Frank Gore Career

  • Second-team All-Pro (2006)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2006, 2009, 2011–2013)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • Art Rooney Award (2016)
  • BCS national champion (2001)
  • ACC Brian Piccolo Award (2004)

One of the most decorated running backs in NFL history, Gore has led the league in rushing yards nine times and is third all-time with 12,071 yards. Gore played college football at Miami (FL) before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005.

He spent seven seasons with the 49ers before joining Indianapolis Colts and then Miami Dolphins for two seasons each. In 2018, Gore signed a one-year contract with Buffalo Bills ahead of their season opener against New England Patriots on September 9th.

A five time Pro Bowler and three time First Team All-Pro selection, Frank Gore will retire as one of the most successful running backs to ever play professional football Frank Gore is a veteran running back who has played in the NFL for over 15 years. He is best known for his accomplishments with the San Francisco 49ers, where he was an All-Pro and led them to a championship in 2013.

Gore also had success with the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts during his career. He will be playing his final season in 2020 with the New York Jets after spending time with several other teams throughout his career including the Seattle Seahawks and Washington Redskins

7. Patrick Willis

Linebacker

Patrick Willis Career

  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2007)
  • 5× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2009–2012)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2008)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (2007–2013)
  • 2× NFL tackles leader (2007, 2009)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • Butkus Award (pro) (2009)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • Butkus Award (college) (2006)
  • Jack Lambert Trophy (2006)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2006)
  • 2× First-team All-American (2005, 2006)
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (2005, 2006)

Willis is a three-time All-Pro linebacker who has played for the San Francisco 49ers since 2007. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft and became an important part of their defense over that time period.

Willis has been named to five Pro Bowls, two First Team All-Pros, and one Second Team All-Pro during his career. In 2014 he announced his retirement from football after 14 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Patrick Willis was a dominant defensive player in the NFL for many years.

He is a five-time first-team All-Pro and two-time NFL tackles leader. Willis also won several awards, including the Butkus Award (pro) and Lambert Trophy (college). He is a member of the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame, as well as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year team from 2006.

8. Terrell Owens

Wide receiver

Terrell Owens Career

  • San Francisco 49ers (1996–2003)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2004–2005)
  • Dallas Cowboys (2006–2008)
  • Buffalo Bills (2009)
  • Cincinnati Bengals (2010)
  • Allen Wranglers (2012)
  • Seattle Seahawks (2012)*
  • FCF Zappers (2022)
  • Knights of Degen (2022–present)

Owens was a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers. Owens spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and eventually retired from the NFL in 2008 after playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Owens is most well known for his record-breaking seasons with the San Francisco 49ers; he holds numerous franchise records including receptions (946), receiving yards (15,091), and touchdowns (101). After retiring from football, Owens has pursued a career in broadcasting and currently works as an analyst on Fox Sports 1's "Undisputed" series.

In 2017, Owens published his memoir entitled "Trouble Is My Middle Name: My Life As T." In 2018, Owens starred alongside Brandy Norwood in FOX's drama pilot "All American", about African Americans working at white owned businesses during segregation He was one of the most dominant receivers in NFL history. Owens had a turbulent career and is now retired from football.

Owens briefly played for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 before retiring again. Owens will be inducted into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame in 2019, his first year of eligibility. Owens currently coaches at an AAU basketball game and lives with his daughter Kiari Kelly

9. Nick Bosa

Defensive lineman

Nick Bosa Career

  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (2019)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (2019, 2021, 2022)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2019)
  • First-team All-American (2017)
  • First-team All-Big Ten (2017)
  • Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year (2017)

Nick Bosa is a young and talented defensive end who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2019 NFL Draft. Nick Bosa has all of the tools to be an elite player in the NFL and could be a cornerstone for the 49ers defense for years to come.

Nick Bosa is known for his explosiveness, speed, and strength on the defensive line, making him a difficult player to block. Nick Bosa will need time to adjust to life in the NFL but he has all of the potential needed to become one of its best players Nick Bosa is a talented young defensive lineman who has quickly established himself as one of the best in the NFL.

He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and has already made an impact on the field, recording 153 tackles and 42 sacks while also forcing eight fumbles and recovering two. Nick Bosa is a versatile player who can play both end positions or linebacker, making him even more dangerous for opposing offenses.

10. Dwight Clark

Wide receiver

Career

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX)
  • First team All-Pro (1982)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (1981, 1982)
  • NFL receptions leader (1982)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 87 retired
  • Clemson Hall of Fame (1988)
  • Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (2011)

Dwight Clark was a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers from 1979 to 1987. He is best remembered for his work with Jerry Rice, who he helped win three Super Bowls together.

After retiring as a player, Clark became an executive in the NFL and worked on behalf of players' safety initiatives. Clark died at 61 after suffering from heart failure. Dwight Clark was a Hall of Fame NFL receiver who helped lead the 49ers to two Super Bowl championships.

He is best known for his spectacular, game-winning catch in the 1981 NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys and again in the 1984 NFC Championship Game against Chicago Bears. Clark also played for Cleveland Browns from 1999 to 2001 where he held several team records, including receptions (1,549) and receiving yards (15,849).

11. Trent Williams

Tackle

Trent Williams Career

  • First-team All-Pro (2021)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2015)
  • 10× Pro Bowl (2012–2018, 2020−2022)
  • Washington Commanders 90 Greatest
  • Unanimous All-American (2009)
  • 2× first-team All-Big 12 (2008, 2009)

Trent Williams is a 34-year old offensive tackle who was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has spent his entire career with the Redskins, playing for them from 2010 to 2019 before moving on to the San Francisco 49ers in 2020.

Trent Williams is known for being an incredibly durable player and having fantastic technique when blocking defensive players. He has made three consecutive Pro Bowls (2012–2014) and won a Super Bowl ring with Washington in 2017. Williams will be 38 years old at the end of 2021 season and it remains to be seen whether or not he will continue playing after that point given his age and recent injury history.

Trent Williams is a longtime starter at left tackle for the Washington Redskins. He has earned first-team All-Pro honors four times and was also named to the second team in 2015. Williams has also been selected to play in 10 Pro Bowls, including this year's game which will take place on January 27th, 2022. In 2009, Trent Williams was unanimously named an All American and led his team to back-to-back Big 12 championships that season.

As one of the best offensive lineman in NFL history, Trent Williams should be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame when his career comes to a close later this decade or early 2020s

12. George Kittle

Tight end

George Kittle Career

  • First-team All-Pro (2019)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2018)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (2018, 2019, 2021, 2022)

George Kittle was born on October 9, 1993 in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended Norman High School and played tight end for the Norman Warriors football team before transferring to Iowa as a junior in 2012.

In 2016, he redshirted his final year with the Hawkeyes and declared for the 2017 NFL Draft where he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round of the draft. Kittle has appeared in all 16 games during his rookie season (2017), recording 36 receptions for 431 yards and two touchdowns – both career highs.

In 2018, he made 48 catches for 522 yards and three touchdowns while appearing in 14 games overall – missing time due to injury early on but later returning to play key roles down the stretch including a touchdown catch against Arizona that helped seal an NFC Wild Card berth for SF.. As of 2019, George Kittle is one of just four players ever with at least 50 receptions through their first three seasons (50+ catches:1st-George Kittle; 51-100: Kelvin Benjamin; 101-150: Antonio Brown).

At 6'4", 250 pounds, there's no denying that GeorgeKittle possesses size which makes him difficult to defend when working over double coverage or running deep routes downfield。 George Kittle is an all-around receiver for the San Francisco 49ers. He has caught 386 passes for 5,202 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career. George Kittle helped the 49ers to make it to the Super Bowl in 2019 where they lost to the New England Patriots. In 2021 and 2022, he was named a first-team All-Pro by both NFLPA and Pro Football Focus respectively.

George Kittle will be entering his eighth season with the 49ers in 2022 and looks likely to continue being one of their top receivers for years to come

13. Fred Warner

Linebacker

Fred Warner Career

  • First-team All-Pro (2020)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (2020, 2022)

Fred Warner was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2018 NFL Draft. Warner attended Brigham Young University where he played linebacker for the Cougars.

He made his debut with the 49ers in 2018 and has since remained a key player on their defense. Fred Warner is 26 years old and stands at 6' 3" tall, weighing 230 pounds (104 kilograms).

His notable achievements include being named to both the Pro Football Focus All-Rookie Team and Secondteam All-Pro after appearing in 14 games during his rookie season with the Niners defence recording 78 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble..

Fred Warner was a first-team All-Pro in 2020 and has been one of the best defensive players in the NFL for the past few seasons. He is considered to be one of the key members of what is currently an extremely strong Los Angeles Rams defense. Warner has also had success on special teams, where he has registered six fumble recoveries and 35 pass deflections over his career.

The 27-year-old will enter his tenth season with the Rams in 2022, looking to add to his impressive list of accolades

14. Kyle Juszczyk

Fullback

Kyle Juszczyk Career

  • Baltimore Ravens (2013–2016)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2017–present)

Kyle Juszczyk was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons with the Ravens before being traded to San Francisco in 2018.

Juszczyk has played fullback for both Baltimore and San Francisco, but is likely best known as a running back on offense. He led all fullbacks with 1,032 rushing yards in 2018 and scored 10 touchdowns on the ground that season.

Juszczyk also recorded 21 receptions for 207 yards during his time with San Francisco that year, showing he can be an effective receiver out of the backfield as well as a blocker on special teams units Kyle Juszczyk is a versatile running back and receiver for the San Francisco 49ers.

He started his NFL career as a fullback, but has since moved to wide receiver and running back. Juszczyk was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft and spent three seasons with them before signing with the 49ers in 2017. In his first season with San Francisco, he led all players in receptions (237) and receiving yards (2,264).

He also scored 13 touchdowns on the ground and five through passes. In 2018, Kyle had another productive season playing both as a runner and receiver for San Francisco; he finished third on team with 1,145 rushing yards along with 15 touchdown runs from scrimmage. Kyle will be an important part of Head Coach Kyle Shanahan's offense moving forward as he looks to build on their recent success in franchise history

15. Hugh McElhenny

Halfback

Hugh McElhenny Career

  • 5× First-team All-Pro (1952–1954, 1956, 1957)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (1952, 1953, 1956–1958, 1961)
  • NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 39 retired
  • First-team All-American (1951)
  • 2× First-team All-Pacific Coast (1950, 1951)

McElhenny was one of the most prolific and successful halfbacks in NFL history. He played for 14 seasons, from 1952 to 1968, amassing over 12,000 yards rushing and receiving and 88 touchdowns.

McElhenny played college football at Washington before being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the first round of the 1952 NFL Draft. After a year with the Rams, he joined the Philadelphia Eagles where he remained for six seasons before retiring in1968.

McElhenny is perhaps best known as a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams – with the Eagles in 1967 and again with his former team,the Rams,in 1970 – but he also had success during other postseason appearances including three NFC Championship Games (two with Philadelphiaand onewith LAS)and five Pro Bowls overall。 Following his retirement from playing football, Hugh entered into coaching where he spent several years working primarily with running backs 、including stints as head coachof boththe Indianapolis Colts(1988–1991)and San Diego Chargers(1994).

He passed away on June 17th 2022 at 93 years old after a lengthy battle against Alzheimers Disease。 Hugh McElhenny was a hall of famer and five-time first-team All-Pro linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. He played six seasons with the Detroit Lions before retiring in 1964. Hugh was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, and his No. 39 jersey has been retired by the 49ers organization. After retirement from football, he worked as an analyst on NFL telecasts for CBS Sports until his death in 2008 at age 80

16. Bryant Young

Defensive lineman

Career

  • Super Bowl champion (XXIX)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1999)
  • UPI NFL-NFC Rookie of the Year (1994)
  • First-team All-Pro (1996)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (1998, 1999, 2001)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1996, 1999, 2001, 2002)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1994)
  • George Halas Award (2000)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • First-team All-American (1993)

Bryant Young was a standout defensive lineman at Bloom High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois. He played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1994 to 2007 and made an impact as a starter on several Big Ten championship teams.

After retiring as a player, Bryant became an assistant coach with the Baltimore Ravens (2008-2011) and Seattle Seahawks (2012). In 2013, he was hired by the Detroit Lions as their new defensive coordinator but resigned after one season due to disagreements with head coach Jim Caldwell about strategy and personnel decisions.

Bryant currently coaches youth football in his home state of Illinois where he also resides with his wife and two children Bryant Young was a highly successful defensive lineman in the NFL for many years. He won several awards and accolades, including three Pro Bowl appearances, four Second-team All-Pro selections, and one First-team All-Pro nod.

Bryant also received the George Halas Award in 2000 as the league's top rookie defender. After retiring from playing football, he became an assistant coach at various colleges before landing his most recent job with Atlanta Falcons coaching staff in 2019

17. John Brodie

Quarterback

John Brodie Career

  • NFL Most Valuable Player (1970)
  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1965)
  • First-team All-Pro (1970)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1965)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (1965, 1970)
  • 2× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1965, 1970)
  • 3× NFL passing yards leader (1965, 1968, 1970)
  • NFL passer rating leader (1970)
  • 2× NFL completion percentage leader (1958, 1965)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 12 retired
  • Consensus All-American (1956)

John Brodie was an all-around quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1957 to 1973. He led his team to two Super Bowls and won one of them. John Brodie is most famous for leading the 49ers to a dramatic victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1971 Super Bowl, known as "The Play".

After retiring from football, John became a broadcaster with Fox TV and also worked as a college football analyst. In 2013, he was named one of the 50 Most Influential People in Bay Area Sports History by The Chronicle newspaper. Brodie was one of the most prolific passers in NFL history, leading the league in yards and touchdowns three times each.

He also won two Pro Bowls and a passing rating title during his career. Brodie is notable for being the first African American to be named an All-Pro player in the NFL, as well as becoming a starter on one of America’s biggest teams - San Francisco 49ers.

18. Y. A. Tittle

Y. A. Tittle Career

  • NFL Most Valuable Player (1963)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1957, 1962, 1963)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1961)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1961–1963)
  • 3× NFL passing touchdowns leader (1955, 1962, 1963)
  • 2× NFL completion percentage leader (1957, 1963)
  • NFL passer rating leader (1963)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • New York Giants Ring of Honor
  • New York Giants No. 14 retired
  • 2× First-team All-SEC (1946, 1947)

Y. A. Tittle was one of the most successful quarterbacks in NFL history, leading his teams to five championships - Baltimore Colts (1948), San Francisco 49ers (1951-1960), New York Giants (1971) and Oakland Raiders (1982).

He is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Y. A. Tittle began his football career as a quarterback at Marshall High School in Marshall, Texas before playing for LSU Tigers football team from 1944 to 1946 where he led them to an undefeated season and the Sugar Bowl championship game against Alabama Crimson Tide which they won 21-0 with Tittle throwing three touchdown passes including two long touchdowns on runs of over 80 yards each.

After graduating from college, Tittle was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1948 but did not play due to World War II being ongoing at that time - he rejoined the team after serving in military service and became their starting quarterback eventually winning four more championships during his ten seasons with them. In 1961, Y.A .Tittle moved to San Francisco 49ers where he would remain until retirement after leading them to 5 Championships within 10 years – making him one of only 2 players ever (the other being Joe Montana) who have accomplished this feat.

In 1971, following several years out of the sport due to various injuries sustained while playing QB for both Baltimore & SF49ers; The New York Giants signed him as their new QB and it proved wise decision as they went on win 3 SuperBowls under his leadership – cementing his place amongst NFL’s all-time greats. In 1982, aged 38 year old then newly appointed head coach John Madden decided it was time for a change at QB for struggling Oakland Raiders so traded away popular veteran signal caller Kenny Stabler midseason & called up then relatively unknown rookie YATitle who led Raider’s charge all playoffs culminating in victory over Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 giving birth to now iconic “FamousRaidersCheerleaders” commercial campaign celebrating 40th Anniversary this year...

Despite suffering health problems throughout later life including multiple heart surgeries; dementia; pneumonia & Alzheimers disease; nevertheless ,in 2017 YATitle celebrated 90th birthday successfully living independently with wife Loni Anderson closeby surrounded by many friends & family members – truly an incredible achievement given how tough life can be sometimes.. Y. A. Tittle is one of the most revered quarterbacks in NFL history, and his record speaks for itself. He was a three-time first-team All-Pro and two-time passing touchdowns leader, as well as an NFL passer rating leader. Y.A.Tittle's tenure with the Giants saw some impressive accomplishments; he led them to four division titles and three pro bowl appearances during his time there, while also setting numerous team records along the way that still stand today.

After retiring from football following the 1964 season, Tittle went on to have a successful career in broadcasting before passing away at age 69 in 2006

19. Andy Lee

Punter

Andy Lee Career

  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2011, 2012)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2009)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 3× NFL punting yards leader (2005, 2007, 2018)
  • PFW Golden Toe Award (2011)
  • All-American (2003)

Andy Lee is a punter who has played for the 49ers, Browns, Panthers and Cardinals. He was born on August 11, 1982 in Westminster, South Carolina and attended West-Oak High School before playing college football at Pittsburgh.

Lee was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft and spent four seasons with them before signing with Cleveland in 2015. In 2017 he joined Arizona where he continues to play today Andy Lee was an All-American and First-team All-Pro in his time with the San Francisco 49ers.

He is one of only four players to be named a Pro Bowl starter three times, joining Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Ronnie Lott. In 2011 he won the PFW Golden Toe Award as the top punter in the NFL and led the league in punt average that year. Lee has also been known for his strong leg on kickoffs, where he has successfully put several touchbacks inside opponent's 20 yard line over his career.

20. Garrison Hearst

Running back

Garrison Hearst Career

  • NFL Comeback Player of the Year (2001)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1998)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (1998, 2001)
  • George Halas Award (2002)
  • Doak Walker Award (1992)
  • Consensus All-American (1992)
  • Citrus Bowl MVP (1993)
  • SEC Player of the Year (1992)
  • Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame

Garrison Hearst was a running back for the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL. He played college football at Georgia, where he helped lead his team to an appearance in the 1993 SEC Championship Game.

Hearst was drafted by the Phoenix Cardinals with the third overall pick of the 1993 NFL Draft. After two seasons with the Cardinals, Hearst was traded to Cincinnati Bengals in 1996. With Cincy, Hearst won a Super Bowl championship in 1997 and earned All-Pro honors three times (1997–1999).

In 2003, Garrison signed with San Francisco 49ers as a free agent and had one more productive season before retiring from professional football at age 34 due to injury Garrison Hearst was a standout running back at Florida State University before being drafted in the first round of the 1992 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

Hearst led the Broncos to their only Super Bowl appearance that season, and he also won rookie of the year honors. He would go on to play for six more seasons with Denver before ending his career with two Pro Bowl appearances and George Halas Award recognition from his peers. After retiring from football, Garrison Hearst went on to have a successful coaching career at several colleges across America including Oregon State, Tennessee, and Miami (FL).

21. Deion Sanders

Defensive back

Deion Sanders Career

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XXIX, XXX)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1994)
  • 6× First-team All-Pro (1992–1994, 1996–1998)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1991, 1999)
  • 8× Pro Bowl (1991–1994, 1996–1999)
  • NFL kickoff return yards leader (1992)
  • NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1989)
  • Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor
  • Jim Thorpe Award (1988)
  • 2× Unanimous All-American (1987, 1988)
  • Florida State Seminoles Jersey No. 2 honored

Deion Sanders was a professional football player for 14 seasons, playing for the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. He is best known for his time with the 49ers, where he won five Super Bowls (1995-98, 2001).

After leaving the NFL in 1999, Sanders spent several years as a commentator on ESPN's SportsCenter before returning to coaching in 2013. In 2015 he took over as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes football team. Deion Sanders was an accomplished NFL player and coach.

He is best known for his time with the Atlanta Falcons, where he won two Super Bowls. After retiring from playing in 2000, Sanders served as a head coach at Prime Prep Academy in California for one season before moving on to Triple A Academy in Texas. There he led the team to a state championship and was named Coach of the Year.

In 2017, Sanders became the offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian School in Texas after spending three years as head coach of Jackson State University (MS). As of 2019, Sanders holds the distinction of being both a head coach and offensive coordinator in both college football and professional football leagues - National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).

22. Charles Haley

Career

  • 5× Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1990, 1994)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1986)
  • Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • Division I-AA All-American (1985)

Charles Haley was a dominant defensive end in the NFL for over a decade. He recorded 15 sacks and five interceptions in his career. Charles Haley is also known for being one of the most vocal players on the field, often getting into altercations with opposing quarterbacks.

In 1999, Charles Haley joined the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent and helped lead them to two Super Bowls (2002,2004). After retiring from football in 2004, Charles Haley began working as an analyst for Fox Sports 1's coverage of NFL games. Charles Haley was a five-time Super Bowl champion and two-time first-team All-Pro.

He also won five Pro Bowls and was an all-American at Division I-AA level. Charles Haley is widely considered one of the best defensive players in NFL history, and his influence can still be seen today.

23. Deebo Samuel

Wide receiver

Deebo Samuel Career

  • First-team All-Pro (2021)
  • Pro Bowl (2021)
  • First-team All-American (2018)
  • First-team All-SEC (2018)

Deebo Samuel was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2019. He played college football at South Carolina and has since been a regular member of the team.

Deebo is known for his speed and ability to make plays downfield, making him a key part of the Niners' offense. In 2018 he set a school record with 1,450 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns on 114 receptions.

As an undrafted rookie in 2019, Deebo made an impact playing both as receiver and returner for San Francisco early in the season before suffering an injury which ended his season prematurely Deebo Samuel is an exciting and versatile player with the ability to make big plays in any game.

He has been one of the best receivers in the NFL for a few years now, and his skills will only continue to improve as he gets older. Samuel was selected first-team All-Pro by the National Football League (NFL) in 2021, making him one of the most accomplished players at his position in recent memory.

He is also a three-time First-team All-American, having won this award back-to-back in 2018 and 2019. His success on the field has led him to numerous other awards, including being named SEC Player of Year twice (2018, 2019). With 12 receiving touchdowns over the past two seasons alone, Samuel clearly knows how to find pay dirt when it matters most - something that can be very dangerous for opposing defenses.

24. Jimmie Ward

Defensive back

Jimmie Ward Career

  • Third-team All-American (2013)
  • 2× First-team All-MAC (2012, 2013)
  • Third-team All-MAC (2011)

Ward was a standout cornerback at Davidson high school in Mobile, Alabama. He played college football at Northern Illinois and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ward has been a starter for the San Francisco 49ers since he entered the league and is considered one of their best defensive players. Ward was a three-time first team All-MAC selection and led the conference in tackles twice.

Ward was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft and has started all 32 games he's been available for since then. Ward is known as one of the hardest hitters on defense and his versatility allows him to play anywhere along San Francisco's defensive line, including at defensive end where he had some success early in his career.

Ward remains an important part of San Francisco’s defense even though they have other talented players up front; he will be key against any opponent this season.

25. Joe Perry

Joe Perry Career

  • UPI NFL Player of the Year (1954)
  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1953, 1954)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (1952–1954)
  • 2× NFL rushing yards leader (1953, 1954)
  • NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1953)
  • First-team All-AAFC (1949)
  • AAFC rushing yards leader (1949)
  • 2× AAFC rushing touchdowns leader (1948, 1949)
  • NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 34 retired

Joe Perry was a fullback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1948 to 1960. He played in 61 games and scored 5 touchdowns during his time with the Colts. Joe Perry is best remembered for scoring two touchdowns against Baltimore in 1962, which helped lead to Baltimore's first professional football championship since 1946.

Joe Perry passed away on April 25, 2011 at the age of 84 after battling Alzheimer's disease for several years prior to his death. Joe Perry was one of the most dominant offensive lineman in 49ers history. He started all 16 games for San Francisco during his rookie season and helped pave the way for Jim Brown to become a superstar running back.

Injuries plagued Perry throughout his career, but he still managed to play nine additional seasons after his rookie year. His last game came in 1970 with the Baltimore Colts. Joe Perry is now considered an inaugural member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and 49ers Hall of Fame, having been enshrined in each institution posthumously.

26. John Taylor

Career

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1989)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (1988, 1989)
  • NFL 1980s All-Decade Team
  • Delaware Sports Hall of Fame

John Taylor was a wide receiver and return specialist for the San Francisco 49ers from 1987 to 1995. He won two Super Bowls with the team, in 1989 and 1994.

After leaving the NFL, John Taylor played professional baseball in Japan for several years before retiring in 2002. In 2004, John Taylor became an assistant coach at Delaware State University where he is currently coaching receivers.

John Taylor was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Chicago Bears and played in two Pro Bowls. He had success as both a receiver and returner, amassing 347 receptions for 5598 yards and 43 touchdowns over his career. Taylor was inducted into the Delaware Sports Hall of Fame in 2007, and he is currently an analyst on NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football."

27. John Henry Johnson

John Henry Johnson Career

  • NFL champion (1957)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1954, 1962)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1954, 1962–1964)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Legends team
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Honor
  • Pittsburgh Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • Jeff Nicklin Memorial Trophy (1953)

Johnson was a fullback and halfback in the NFL. He played for the Calgary Stampeders and San Francisco 49ers between 1953-1956. Johnson was selected to play in two Pro Bowls during his career.

John Henry Johnson passed away on June 3, 2011 at the age of 81 after a long battle with cancer John Henry Johnson was a running back for the Detroit Lions from 1957-1959 and then again from 1960-1965.

In those six seasons, he totaled 6,803 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns. He was originally signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952 but did not play with them until after serving in the military during the Korean War.

After playing two seasons with them, he was traded to Houston Oilers where he played his final three years of professional football before retiring at the end of 1966 season. John Henry Johnson is one of only two players in NFL history to rush for over 10,000 yards and score 50 or more touchdowns in a career (the other being Walter Payton).

He is also one of only four players ever elected to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well as be enshrined into the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame (alongside Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott and Steve Young). His induction ceremony took place on November 13th 2018 at halftime during game 3 between Denver Broncos & San Francisco 49ers which Denver won 38-28 Despite struggling throughout his late 30s & early 40s, Johnsons name still carries some weight due to his stellar individual performances while wearing black & gold representing The Motor City

28. Bob St. Clair

Tackle

Bob St. Clair Career

  • 5× First-team All-Pro (1955, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1961)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (1953, 1954, 1962, 1963)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (1956, 1958–1961)
  • NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 79 retired

Bob St. Clair was a three-time All-Pro tackle in the NFL and played for the San Francisco 49ers from 1953 to 1963. He was born on February 18, 1931, in San Francisco and attended high school at Poly before playing college football at Tulsa.

In 1953, he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the NFL Draft and made an immediate impact as one of their stars during his time with them. He retired after playing for the Oakland Raiders in 1963 but continued to work as a commentator for CBS Sports until his death aged 84 in 2015.

Bob St. Clair was one of the most dominant defensive linemen in NFL history, winning five first-team All-Pro honors and four second-team selections. He played his entire career with the 49ers, appearing in 119 games and recovering seven fumbles. After retiring from the NFL, he became a physical education teacher at Galileo High School in San Francisco before passing away in 2003 at age 73.

29. Jeff Garcia

Quarterback

Jeff Garcia Career

  • Calgary Stampeders (1994–1998)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1999–2003)
  • Cleveland Browns (2004)
  • Detroit Lions (2005)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2006)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2007–2008)
  • Oakland Raiders (2009)*
  • Philadelphia Eagles (2009)
  • Omaha Nighthawks (2010)
  • Houston Texans (2011)

Garcia was a successful quarterback in the NFL, playing for three different teams. Garcia's best years came with the San Francisco 49ers, where he led them to two Super Bowl appearances (1998 and 2002).

After leaving the 49ers, Garcia had some unsuccessful seasons before joining the Calgary Stampeders in Canada. He later returned to the United States and played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders respectively before retiring from professional football in 2009.

Jeff Garcia was a successful quarterback in the NFL for many years, playing for five different teams. He started his career with the Cleveland Browns before moving on to play for Detroit Lions, Philadelphia Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. Jeff Garcia retired from professional football after leading the Indianapolis Colts to victory in Super Bowl XLI against Chicago Bears.

30. Forrest Blue

Forrest Blue Career

  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1971–1973)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1971–1974)
  • Tampa Sports Hall of Fame (1993)

Forrest Blue was a standout offensive lineman at Auburn, and he was drafted by the NFL in 1968. Blue played with the Oakland Raiders for four seasons before retiring in 1974.

After his playing days were over, Blue became a coach, most notably serving as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1992 to 1995. Forrest Blue passed away on July 16, 2011 after a long struggle with cancer.

Forrest Blue was a standout safety for the San Francisco 49ers from 1968-1974. He was named to three consecutive first team All-Pro squads and played in four Pro Bowls. After his playing career, Forrest Blue served as head coach of the Baltimore Colts from 1975-1978.

He posted a record of 26–40 during that time period. Forrest Blue passed away in 1993 at the age of 60 after a long battle with cancer.

31. Jason Verrett

Defensive back

Jason Verrett Career

  • Pro Bowl (2015)
  • First-team All-American (2013)
  • Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
  • 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2012–2013)

Jason Verrett is a talented cornerback who has played in the NFL for six seasons. He was drafted by the Chargers in 2014, but he spent most of his time with the Chargers' rival Los Angeles Rams before moving to San Diego this season.

Jason Verrett is known for his aggressive playstyle and ability to make plays on the ball. He finished second on the team with four interceptions this year and is expected to be an important part of San Diego's defense next season. Jason Verrett was a highly touted cornerback prospect coming out of college and he quickly showed his skills in the NFL.

Over six seasons with the San Diego Chargers, Verrett made 128 starts and recorded 562 tackles, seven interceptions, 26 pass deflections, and one defensive touchdown. After being traded to the 49ers in 2017, Jason Verrett had an up-and-down season due to injuries. However, he bounced back strong in 2018 and was named First-team All-Pro for his performance.

He also won a Pro Bowl berth that year. With continued success over the next few years, it is likely that Jason Verrett will eventually be enshrined into either the NFL’s Hall of Fame or its Pro Football Hall of Fame Legacy wing as one of the best cornerbacks ever to play the game.

32. Brent Jones

Career

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XXIII, XXIV, XXIX)
  • First-team All-Pro (1992)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1993, 1994)
  • 4× Pro Bowl (1992–1995)
  • Bart Starr Award (1998)
  • Kodak, AP, Football News All-American (1985)
  • WFC Offensive Player of the Year (1985)
  • 3× First-team All-WFC (1983–1985)
  • Division II Football Team of the Quarter Century (1975–2000)

Jones was a talented tight end who played for the Steelers and 49ers over his career. He is most remembered for his time with the San Francisco 49ers, where he helped lead them to two Super Bowl titles in the 1990s.

Jones retired from football following the 1997 season and now works as an NFL analyst on television networks. Brent Jones was a three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Second Team All Pro. He was also an AP, Football News All American and WFC Offensive Player of the Year.

Jones played in 143 games over thirteen seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders

33. Michael Carter

Career

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XIX, XXIII, XXIV)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1986, 1987, 1988)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1985)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (1985, 1987, 1988)

Michael Carter was born on October 29, 1960 in Dallas, Texas. He played college football at SMU and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1984 NFL Draft.

After playing for the Lions, he signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1988 before retiring from professional football after one season. In 2003, Carter became a coach for his alma mater Thomas Jefferson High School where he currently serves as defensive coordinator and head coach of the varsity team.

Michael Carter was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the San Francisco 49ers, and is one of only two players in NFL history to have won all four major professional awards (Super Bowl MVP, Pro Bowler, First-team All-Pro and Second-team All-Pro) before turning 30. Michael Carter recorded 22.5 sacks during his career which ranks him 4th on the all time list for defensive linemen behind Reggie White, Deacon Jones and Richard Dent.

His 1 interception also places him 3rd on that list. After leaving the NFL in 1992, Carter continued playing football at various levels including semi-professional leagues until he retired in 2003 at age 44 due to knee injuries sustained while playing flag football three years earlier. Michael Carter currently lives in Northern California with his wife Tanya who works as an orthodontist and their children Devin (born 1998), Sydney (2000) and Ryan (2002).

34. Vernon Davis

Tight end

Vernon Davis Career

  • Super Bowl champion (50)
  • Second-team All-Pro (2013)
  • 2× Pro Bowl (2009, 2013)
  • NFL receiving touchdowns co-leader (2009)
  • Consensus All-American (2005)

Vernon Davis is a former tight end for the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, and Washington Redskins. He was drafted in 2006 by the 49ers and played there until 2015.

In his five seasons with the 49ers, he recorded over 1,000 receiving yards three times and scored 12 touchdowns. After leaving San Francisco, Vernon signed with the Denver Broncos where he started to fall out of favor after several injury-plagued years.

He was then traded to Washington in 2018 but only managed to play in four games before retiring at the age of 38 due to an ankle injury sustained during training camp Vernon Davis was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Vernon Davis has played for six different teams during his ten-year career, including five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. In 2013, Vernon Davis led all NFC receivers in receptions and receiving yards while also tying for second in touchdowns receptions. After being traded to the Indianapolis Colts in 2015, Vernon Davis helped lead Indy to a playoff berth and an appearance in Super Bowl 50 as a member of their team.

In 2019, after playing three seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Vernon Davis signed a one-year deal with the Redskins on March 14th that will keep him with Washington through 2020 season..

35. Ricky Watters

Ricky Watters Career

  • San Francisco 49ers (1991–1994)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1995–1997)
  • Seattle Seahawks (1998–2001)

Ricky Watters was drafted in the second round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-1997 before signing with the Miami Dolphins in 1998.

Watters then spent time with several other teams, including stints with the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers, before retiring after a season with the Arizona Cardinals in 2003. Ricky is best known for his running back career, which saw him amass over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns on offense during his nine seasons in the NFL.

After retirement, Ricky has worked as a commentator on Fox Sports' pregame shows as well as serving as an analyst on various sports broadcasts both domestically and internationally. Ricky Watters was one of the most versatile players in Seahawks history. He played running back, wide receiver and cornerback for Seattle from 1998 to 2001.

Watters led the Seahawks in rushing yards and touchdowns during his three-year career with the team. His 78 rushing touchdowns are a franchise record. Watters also had success as a receiver for Seattle, totaling 4,248 receiving yards and 13 touchdown receptions over his career. After leaving the NFL, Watters became an analyst on HBO's "Real Sports" show before joining ESPN as a football analyst in 2006

36. Freddie Solomon

Career

  • Miami Dolphins (1975–1977)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1978–1985)

Freddie Solomon was an all-around receiver in the NFL, playing for the Dolphins and Cardinals. He had a career total of 1,054 yards receiving and six touchdowns.

Freddie Solomon was born on January 11, 1953 in Sumter, South Carolina. He attended high school at Sumter before going on to play football at Tampa College. After his time with the Buccaneers he played for Miami from 1975 to 1977 where he helped lead them to three Super Bowls (1977-1979).

Freddie Solomon passed away on February 13th 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Freddie Solomon is one of the most successful 49ers players in franchise history. He was a two-time Super Bowl champion and All-Rookie Team selection, and ranks fourth all time in receptions, yards, receiving TDs and rushing yards.

Solomon played his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers from 1978 to 1985. In 151 games he caught 371 passes for 5,846 yards and 48 touchdowns while also rushing for519 yards on 105 carries. Freddie Solomon was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 after being voted as one of the five finalists by fans vote.

37. Dave Wilcox

Dave Wilcox Career

  • 2× First-team All-Pro (1971, 1972)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (1967, 1973)
  • 5× NEA First-team All-Pro (1967, 1970–1973)
  • NEA Second-team All-Pro (1968)
  • 7× Pro Bowl (1966, 1968–1973)
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame

Dave Wilcox was a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers from 1964 to 1974. He was drafted by the 49ers in the third round of the NFL Draft in 1964 and played with them until 1974.

After his playing career, he became an assistant coach for the team from 1975 to 1988 before retiring. Dave Wilcox is famous for being part of one of history's most successful franchises, as the Niners won five Super Bowls during his time there.

In 2003, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after spending 14 years on its selection committee and serving as president from 1994 to 2003. Dave Wilcox was a dominant defensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers from 1967 to 1973.

He was named First-team All-Pro in 1971 and 1972 and Second-team All-Pro in 1968. Wilcox also played seven Pro Bowls during his illustrious career, which ended with him being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993.

38. Eric Wright

Cornerback

Career

  • Cleveland Browns (2007–2010)
  • Detroit Lions (2011)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012)
  • San Francisco 49ers (2013)

Wright was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played for the team from 2007 to 2010, making 67 total tackles and one interception.

Wright has also played for the San Francisco 49ers (2011), Baltimore Ravens (2012) and Detroit Lions (2013). In total, he has made 327 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks in his career.

Wright is currently a free agent after being released by the Detroit Lions in September 2013. Wright was selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions. Wright had a breakout season in 2010 with 96 tackles, two sacks, and one interception.

In 2011 he recorded 97 tackles and one sack while playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being traded to San Francisco 49ers in 2013 where he finished his career as a starter at cornerback opposite Nnamdi Asomugha.

39. Eric Davis

Eric Davis Career

  • San Francisco 49ers (1990–1995)
  • Carolina Panthers (1996–2000)
  • Denver Broncos (2001)
  • Detroit Lions (2002)

Eric Davis was a 2nd-round pick of the 49ers in 1990 and played for San Francisco from 1990 to 1995. He signed with Carolina as a free agent in 1996 and spent six seasons with them before joining Denver in 2001.

Eric Davis is best known for his time with the 49ers, where he made four Pro Bowls and helped lead San Francisco to two Super Bowl victories (1994, 1995). After leaving Denver, Davis played one season apiece for the Arizona Cardinals (2002) and New Orleans Saints (2003), before retiring at the end of 2003.

Eric Davis was one of the most dominant defensive players in NFL history. He won a Super Bowl and was twice named to the Pro Bowl, while accumulating 659 tackles, 2 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and 38 interceptions over his career. Eric Davis' dominance on defense helped lead the Detroit Lions to two championships during the 1990s.

His ballhawking ability made him an integral part of two championship teams. After playing his entire career with the Detroit Lions, Davis retired in 2003 at age 36 after leading all active defenders with 38 interceptions for his career. Eric Davis is currently a commentator for Fox Sports 1 and ESPN Radio's "The Herd" show where he provides analysis of current events in professional football as well as predictions for upcoming games

40. Jimmy Johnson

Jimmy Johnson Career

  • Louisiana Tech (1965)
  • Assistant coach
  • Picayune Memorial HS (1966)
  • Assistant coach
  • Wichita State (1967)
  • Assistant coach
  • Iowa State (1968–1969)
  • Assistant coach
  • Oklahoma (1970–1972)
  • Defensive line coach
  • Arkansas (1973–1976)
  • Defensive coordinator
  • Pittsburgh (1977–1978)
  • Assistant head coach & defensive coordinator
  • Oklahoma State (1979–1983)
  • Head coach
  • Miami (FL) (1984–1988)
  • Head coach
  • Dallas Cowboys (1989–1993)
  • Head coach
  • Miami Dolphins (1996–1999)
  • Head coach

Johnson was a successful football coach, leading Louisiana Tech to three bowl games in his five seasons there. He then moved on to coaching at Wichita State for six years before being hired by the Dallas Cowboys as their head coach in 1989.

Johnson led the team to victory in Super Bowl XXVII and also won two NFC Championships during his time with Dallas. In 1993, he left Texas for the Miami Dolphins where he coached until 1999 when he retired from coaching altogether. After retiring from coaching, Johnson became an ESPN analyst and served as a color commentator for several NFL broadcasts throughout his career (1999-2015).

Johnson currently resides in Florida and continues to make occasional appearances on sports talk shows endorsing various products or services Jimmy Johnson was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys from 1989 to 1993, and he led the team to two Super Bowl titles. He then became head coach of the Miami Dolphins, where he remained for six seasons. In January 2000, Johnson joined ESPN as a commentator for their Monday Night Football telecasts.

He has also authored several books on coaching and football strategy, including The Winner's Manual: How To Build A Champion Sports Team (1996) and Comeback: Jimmy Johnson And The Most Dramatic Season In NFL History (2006).

41. Joe Staley

Tackle

Joe Staley Career

  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (2011–2013)
  • 6× Pro Bowl (2011–2015, 2017)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2007)

Joe Staley was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2007, and has been a starter since. He played college football at Central Michigan, where he was an All-American and won the Morris Trophy as the nation's top offensive lineman in 2006.

Joe is 6'6", 300 pounds and is considered one of the best offensive tackles in NFL history. He has started all 128 games that he has played in for the 49ers, making him one of only six players to do so over a career spanning 10 seasons or more with one team.

In 2016, Joe signed a five-year extension worth $40 million with $27 million guaranteed with the 49ers. Joe Staley is a three-time Second-team All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler with the 49ers. He was drafted by San Francisco in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Joe has started 181 games over 7 seasons with the team, registering 1,109 total tackles (8th all time), 11 sacks (tied for 4th most in franchise history) and two interceptions. In 2017 he won his second Super Bowl title as part of an outstanding defensive performance against New England Patriots in Santa Clara, CA.

Joe is currently entering his 8th season in 2019 and remains one of the 49ers' key players on defense

42. Dashon Goldson

Safety

Dashon Goldson Career

  • San Francisco 49ers (2007–2012)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013–2014)
  • Washington Redskins (2015)
  • Atlanta Falcons (2016)

Dashon Goldson is a safety who played for the Washington Redskins from 2007-2014. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but only played two seasons with them before being traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2013.

With Tampa Bay, he had three productive seasons before signing with Washington as a free agent in 2014. In his six years in the NFL, Goldson has made over 100 tackles and four interceptions including one that helped seal a victory against Seattle Seahawks during their playoff game last season Dashon Goldson is a safety for the Washington Redskins.

Dashon Goldson has played in both the NFL and the Canadian Football League. Dashon Goldson was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008, but he signed with the Redskins as a free agent in 2013. Dashon Goldson has been selected to two Pro Bowls, and he also earned First-team All-Pro honors in 2012. In 2016,Dashon Goldson announced his retirement from professional football after 10 seasons on Earth playing football...mostly for teams located near his childhood home of Atlanta.

He’ll always be remembered fondly by Falcons fans not only for his play on defense (he had 5 interceptions over his career), but also because of some hilarious moments like this one: https://www1....cdn1/vids/2016/11/24/dashondashoneil064_1920x1080-.mp4?pubId=25966606&videoId=262927227&startTime=1532515400000¬ADE÷262927227¬AB÷3¬CR÷3¬AC÷3¬CX÷Dane Brugler  |   MAJ : 63 |   DOB : 04/08/1987″>7.( Dane Brugler) 8.( Dominique Franks ) 9.( Jairus Byrd )

43. Ray Wersching

Career

  • 2× Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1986)
  • NFL scoring leader (1984)

Ray Wersching was a kicker for six seasons in the NFL, playing for the Chargers and 49ers. He is best known as San Diego's leading scorer in 1974 with 148 points on 29 kicks.

After his football career ended, he moved to Southern California and became a real estate agent. In 2003, he was inducted into the Austrian Football Hall of Fame. Ray Wersching is retired from professional sports but continues to be active in philanthropy through his foundation which supports children's charities throughout Austria and Southern California Ray Wersching has two daughters and one son-in-law who all live near him in Southern California Ray Wersching was a two-time Super Bowl champion and one of the most prolific kickers in NFL history.

He led the league in scoring during the 1984 season and is also sixth on the all-time list with 222 field goals made. Wersching was a Second Team All-Pro selection in 1986, and retired from playing football after the 1990 season with 5,847 career yards from scrimmage.

44. Richard Sherman

Cornerback

Richard Sherman Career

  • Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (2012–2014)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2015, 2019)
  • 5× Pro Bowl (2013–2016, 2019)
  • NFL interceptions leader (2013)
  • NFL 2010s All-Decade Team
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (2011)

Sherman was born in Compton, California and attended Manuel Dominguez High School. Sherman played college football at Stanford where he was a two-time All-American and won the 2009 Heisman Trophy.

After his successful collegiate career, Sherman was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons with the team before signing with San Francisco 49ers in 2018.

Sherman has been considered one of the best cornerbacks in league history and is currently a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' roster. Sherman was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

Sherman has been a dominant player for both his team and the league, winning several awards along the way including 3x First-team All-Pro (2012-2014), 2x Second-team All-Pro (2015, 2019) and 5 Pro Bowls. Sherman is known for his lockdown coverage which has led to him being named NFL interceptions leader three times (2013).

Despite his dominance on defense, Sherman also excels on offense as he leads all players with 74 receptions during his career - 50 of those coming in 2018 alone.

45. Wendell Tyler

Wendell Tyler Career

  • Los Angeles Rams (1977–1982)
  • San Francisco 49ers (1983–1986)

Wendell Tyler was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on May 20th 1955. He attended high school at Crenshaw in Los Angeles and played college football for UCLA.

Wendell Tyler was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 3rd round of the 1977 NFL Draft and spent his entire 10-year career with them (1977–1987). His best season came in 1985 when he rushed for 1,272 yards and 12 touchdowns on 278 carries (5.1 avg).

After retiring from playing football, Wendell Tyler worked as a color commentator for several teams before joining ESPN as an analyst in 2007. In 2018, Wendell Tyler published his autobiography "Back Where I Belong". Wendell Tyler was a versatile running back for the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

He was known for his speed, elusiveness, and hard-nosed playstyle on the field. Tyler made an immediate impact with both teams he played for, leading both squads to Super Bowl victories during his tenure. His 50 rushing touchdowns are second all-time behind only Barry Sanders' 73 scores. After leaving football following the conclusion of his career, Wendell Tyler took up coaching at various levels of competition.

He currently works as a high school football coach in Southern California.

46. Randy Cross

Randy Cross Career

  • 3× Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX, XXIII)
  • 3× First-team All-Pro (1981, 1984, 1985)
  • Second-team All-Pro (1986)
  • 3× Pro Bowl (1981, 1982, 1984)
  • PFWA All-Rookie Team (1976)

In 1976, Randy Cross was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round. He played for them from 1976 to 1988. His best season was in 1978 when he had 91 tackles, two interceptions and a sack.

Cross is most famous for his time with the 49ers though he also spent some time with the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys during his career. In 1988, after 12 seasons in the NFL, Cross retired due to injuries sustained during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cross was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Cross starred at Southern California before being drafted by Dallas in 1976. He played 12 seasons for the Cowboys, winning two Super Bowls (XVI, XIX) and receiving first-team All-Pro honors on three occasions. After retirement from football, Cross served as an assistant coach with the Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders before becoming head coach of his alma mater, Southern California, in 2003.

In 2006 he became president of Operation Smile America—a nonprofit that provides free surgery to children born with facial deformities—and subsequently led its growth to become one of the world’s largest charity organizations specializing in pediatric medical care worldwide

47. Leo Nomellini

Leo Nomellini Career

  • 6× First-team All-Pro (1951–1954, 1957, 1959)
  • 3× Second-team All-Pro (1960–1962)
  • 10× Pro Bowl (1950–1953, 1956–1961)
  • NFL 1950s All-Decade Team
  • NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame
  • San Francisco 49ers No. 73 retired
  • 2× Consensus All-American (1948, 1949)

Leo Nomellini was a legendary offensive tackle in the NFL for over 20 years. He played for the 49ers from 1950 to 1963 and is remembered as one of the greats of his era.

Leo Nomelli was born on June 19, 1924 in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. He attended high school in Crane, Illinois before enrolling at Minnesota University where he played football and wrestling.

After graduating from college with a degree in business administration, Leo joined the San Francisco 49ers team as an undrafted free agent in 1950. His impressive play during his first few seasons with the 49ers led to him being named to several All-Pro teams and becoming one of the most respected tackles in pro football history.

In 1963, after 22 seasons with San Francisco (including 14 consecutive Pro Bowl appearances), Leo retired due to injury problems but continued playing semi-professional football until 1970 when he finally hung up his cleats completely aged 52. After retiring from professional football, Leo enjoyed a successful career as a financial advisor which lasted until 2000 when he died aged 76 after suffering from cancer Leo Nomellini was a hall of famer and one of the best defensive lineman to play in the NFL.

He spent his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers, where he won three first-team All-Pro honors and 10 Pro Bowl appearances. After retiring from football, Leo Nomellini served in the U.S Marine Corps for two years before returning to civilian life. He is now a commentator on Bay Area sports broadcasts and an ambassador for several charities dedicated to helping veterans and military families.

48. Brandon Aiyuk

Wide receiver

Brandon Aiyuk Career

  • Sierra College (2016–2017)
  • Arizona State (2018–2019)

Brandon Aiyuk was a standout wide receiver and punt returner at Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada. He attended Sierra College for two years before transferring to Arizona State University as a junior in 2018.

After redshirting his first year with the Sun Devils, Aiyuk made an immediate impact in his second season, catching 45 passes for 748 yards (17th-most among FBS receivers) and five touchdowns while adding 43 tackles on defense.

Brandon was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2020 NFL Draft after spending time with both the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals during pre-draft workouts. Brandon Aiyuk is a 2020 NFL Draft prospect who was born in Montreal, Quebec.

He attended college at the University of Utah and played for the Utes from 2018 to 2020. In 2019, he was named First-team All-Pac-12 after recording 190 receptions for 2,530 yards and 20 touchdowns. Brandon has been compared to Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, DeAndre Hopkins, and Mike Evans due to his size (6'3", 213 pounds), athleticism (40 inch vertical jump), route running ability, and touchdown production (20 scores in 43 career games).

The 49ers picked up his contract option for the 2021 season on January 10th .

49. Bruce Taylor

Defensive back

Career

  • NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1970)
  • Pro Bowl (1972)
  • First-team Little All-American (1969)

Bruce Taylor played cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1970 to 1977. He was drafted by the team in the first round of the 1970 NFL Draft and went on to play 11 seasons with them.

His best season came in 1975 when he made 71 tackles and 2 interceptions. After leaving San Francisco, Bruce spent time with various other teams before retiring in 1987. In 2006, he was inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame and received a standing ovation from fans at his induction ceremony.

Bruce Taylor was a standout defensive back for the University of Miami Hurricanes from 1969 to 1971. He won several awards, including First-team All American and NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1970. After his time at Miami, Taylor played three seasons with the New York Giants (1972-1974).

In 1976, he signed as a free agent with the Houston Oilers and retired after that season. Bruce Taylor is now best known for being one of only two players ever inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame (the other player is Jerry Rice).

50. Tim Harris

Cornerback

Career

  • San Francisco 49ers (2019–2020)
  • Buffalo Bills (2021)*
  • Cleveland Browns (2021)
  • Buffalo Bills (2021–2022)*

Tim Harris was a cornerback at Virginia and is currently with the San Francisco 49ers. He played in all 16 games for the 49ers in 2019, recording four interceptions and 17 tackles.

Harris has been compared to fellow cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and Aqib Talib by some analysts - he should have a good career ahead of him. Tim Harris was drafted in the 5th round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

In his rookie season, Tim Harris played in all 16 games and recorded 33 tackles, one interception and two pass deflections. Harris has continued to improve during his second year with the Bills and is currently listed as their starting free safety on their roster.

51. Maurice McIntyre

Career

  • San Francisco 49ers (1984–1993)
  • Green Bay Packers (1994)
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1995–1996)

Maurice McIntyre was a three-time All-Pro guard in the NFL. He played for the 49ers, Packers and Atlanta Falcons over a 14-year career. Maurice McIntyre is best known for his time with the San Francisco 49ers, where he won four Super Bowls (1984–1988).

After retiring from football, Maurice McIntyre worked as an analyst on Fox Sports' coverage of NFL games. In 2017, he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame as part of their inaugural class. Maurice McIntyre was a 3-time Super Bowl champion with the Philadelphia Eagles and he was also Second-team All-Pro in 1992.

McIntyre is best known for his fumble recovery skills, which he showcased during his time playing in the NFL. Maurice McIntyre retired from professional football after the 1996 season and now works as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Wake Forest University. Maurice McIntyre has been married to his wife Deidra since 1988 and they have two children together: sons Caleb and Gavin and daughter Lillie Mae.

Maurice McIntyre currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his family

Final Words

. . The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most iconic and successful professional football teams in America. They have been part of the NFL since 1946, and have won five Super Bowls (the last in 2014).

The team’s best players over the years have included legends such as Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Roger Craig, Randy Moss, Colin Kaepernick and others.

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