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The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time

Updated May 14, 2020 15.3k votes 3.0k voters 76.7k views50 items

Big fan of San Francisco football? Then check out this list of San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks with photos! It includes every starting quarterback from throughout San Francisco 49ers history, including current quarterbacks and past ones. This roster contains many American football greats, players in the game with the highest ratings in the NFL. The QB is the leader of the offensive team, the one who often calls the plays. Although most teams use an offensive coordinator now, QBs still need to know the intricacies of the rules for trick plays and tactics. Vigorous training is a must-- and don't forget that a quarterback is only as good as his receivers. You can also vote for the best San Francisco 49ers running backs and the best San Francisco 49ers wide receivers

Who are the best quarterbacks in San Francisco 49ers history? They're on this comprehensive list, along with all of the other sports stars who have had the honor of being the arm behind this beloved California team. Here is every athlete who's ever held the illustrious position of San Francisco 49ers quarterback.

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    Joe Montana
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    Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid",... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Young
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    Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia

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    Jimmy Garoppolo
    James Richard Garoppolo (born November 2, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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    Y. A. Tittle
    Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017) was a professional American... more on Wikipedia
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    Jeff Garcia
    Jeffrey Jason Garcia (born February 24, 1970) is a former American football and Canadian... more on Wikipedia

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    Alex Smith
    Alexander Douglas Smith (born May 7, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia
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    John Brodie
    John Riley Brodie (born August 14, 1935) is a former American football player, a quarterback... more on Wikipedia
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    Jim Plunkett
    James William Plunkett (born December 5, 1947) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia

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    Colin Kaepernick
    Colin Rand Kaepernick ( KAP-ər-nik; born November 3, 1987) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia

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    Steve Bono
    Steven Christopher Bono (; born May 11, 1962) is a former American football quarterback in the... more on Wikipedia

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    Frankie Albert
    Frank Cullen Albert(January 27, 1920 – September 4, 2002) was an American football player. He... more on Wikipedia

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    Elvis Grbac
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    Elvis Grbac

    Elvis M. Grbac (born August 13, 1970) is a former American football quarterback who played in... more on Wikipedia

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    Nick Mullens
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    Nick Mullens

    Nicholas Clayton Mullens is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve DeBerg
    Steven Leroy "Steve" DeBerg (born January 19, 1954) is a retired American football player. He... more on Wikipedia
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    Steve Spurrier
    Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945) is a former American football player and coach... more on Wikipedia

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    Trent Dilfer
    Trent Farris Dilfer (born March 13, 1972) is a former American football quarterback and... more on Wikipedia
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    Nick Mullens
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    Norm Snead
    Norman Bailey Snead (born July 31, 1939) is a former American football quarterback in the... more on Wikipedia

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    C.J. Beathard
    Casey Jarrett Beathard is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Earl Morrall
    Earl Edwin Morrall (May 17, 1934 – April 25, 2014) was an American football player who was a... more on Wikipedia

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    Shaun Hill
    Shaun Christopher Hill (born January 9, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who... more on Wikipedia

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    Bob Waters
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    Bob Waters

    Robert Lee Waters (June 22, 1938 – May 29, 1989) was an American football player, coach, and... more on Wikipedia
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    George Mira
    George Ignacio Mira (born January 11, 1942) is a former professional American football player,... more on Wikipedia

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    Matt Cavanaugh
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    Blaine Gabbert
    Blaine Williamson Gabbert (born October 15, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the... more on Wikipedia

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