San Francisco 49ers are one of the best NFL team which has some of the top ranking players. These players are the ones who have made the team to be what it is at the moment. The franchise has won five Super Bowl titles which were won between 1981 and 1994. Those players have ended up being some of the top coaches of all times like Andy Reid, Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren, George Seifert, and John Gruden. The top players of this team are the ones who shaped its dynasty to what it currently is. The franchise is one of the most decorated in the NFL history who hold straditions, haver evolutionized the game and have won Super Bowls.
Here are the top 10 best San Francisco 49ers of all time:
10. Frank Gore, RB
He is one of the best offensive players to have ever played for the 49ers between 2005 and 2014. For the 10 years, he was with the franchise; he functioned for them like a power fullback. In most cases, he was utilized in power schemes where he demonstrated superior blocking abilities. He had a total of 11,073 and scored 64 touchdowns while he was with the Niners.
9. Bryant Young, DT –DE
He was drafted in 1994 and stayed with the franchise for 14 years up to 2007. He played defensive line and for 14 seasons, he collected 89.5 sacks, played in four Pro Bowls and in 1996, he made the All-NFL first team. He played 208 games out of which he forced 12 fumbles, recorded 512 tackles, and recovered seven fumbles.
8. Dwight Clark, WR
For 9 years, Dwight Clark played for the Niners. He was with the franchise from 1979 – 1987. During his nine seasons, he played as a starting wide receiver and became the first team All-Pro selection in 1982. In 1981 and 1982, he made the Pro Bowl. He retired with 506 catches for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns. He is one of the top wide receivers in both the franchise and NFL history.
7. Roger Craig, RB
He joined the franchise in 1983 and in 1990 he left. During the 8 years, he was with the team, he was a successful and excellent receiving back. In 1988 he was able to win the offensive player of the year. And as a rusher with the franchise, he totaled 7,064 rush yards with 50 touchdowns on the ground.
6. Patrick Willis, LB
In 2007, Patrick joined the 49ers and left in 2014 after serving the franchise for 8 years. During his time, he was awarded First-Team all-SEC, SEC Defensive Player of the year. He also earned himself the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year Honors, after leading the NFL in tackles with 137. In 7 seasons, he made it to the Pro Bowls making him the First All-Pro in five of the 7. In total, he tallied 20.5 sacks, 732 tackles, 8 interceptions, 218 assists, and 16 forced fumbles.
5. Jimmy Johnson, DB
He played 213 games in the 16 seasons, he was with the team and in all those games, he ruled the defensive backfield. He joined the team in 1961 and exited in 1976 after acquiring the Pro Bowler five times, caught 40 passes, had 4 touchdowns, and covered 690 yards. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1994.
4. Ronnie Lott, DB
He was drafted in 1981 to the 49ers franchise where he stayed up until 1990. For the 10 years, he was with the team, he offered crushing hits in all the 129 games he played, had 51 interceptions passes, and returned five for touchdowns. He recorded 721 tackles which made him appear in the Pro Bowl in all the seasons he was with the 49ers. In five times, he was the All-NFL first team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
3. Steve Young, QB
In 2005, Steve Young was inducted into the Hall of Fame due to his hard work and prowess in the field as a quarterback. He joined the 49ers in 1987 and left in 1999. For the 13 years, he was with the franchise, he led the league in passing six times, was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection, four times touchdowns, AP NFL MVP of 1994. In total he had 221 touchdowns, 86 interceptions, played over 150 games, rushed 608 times for 3,581 yards.
2. Joe Montana, QB
Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1979, he played for the franchise for 13 years and left in 1992. During all this while, he was a great quarterback and developed a passer rated over 100 in three different seasons. He is a three-time first team All-NFL selecte.
1. Jerry Rice, WR
For 16 years, Jerry Rice was with the 49ers franchise where he was one of the greatest wide receivers of all times. He led the league in receptions twice. Over his career, he caught 1,281 for 19, 247 yards with 176 touchdowns. He is the all-time greatest for the San Francisco 49ers.
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