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The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time 

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Updated May 14, 2020 12.2k votes 2.9k voters 74.1k views 50 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Joseph Clifford Montana Jr. (born June 11, 1956), nicknamed "Joe Cool" and "the Comeback Kid", is an American former football quarterback who played in the National Football ...more

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Jon Steven Young (born October 11, 1961) is a former professional American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL) and is best known for his 13 seasons ...more

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Jimmy Garoppolo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
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James Richard Garoppolo (born November 2, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Eastern ...more
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Alex Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Alexander Douglas Smith (born May 7, 1984) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Utah Utes, ...more

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Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Jeffrey Jason Garcia (born February 24, 1970) is a former American football and Canadian football quarterback. After attending high school and junior college in Gilroy, California, Garcia played ...more

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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Yelberton Abraham Tittle Jr. (October 24, 1926 – October 8, 2017) was a professional American football quarterback. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, ...more

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John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
John Riley Brodie (born August 14, 1935) is a former American football player, a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) for seventeen seasons. He had a ...more

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Colin Rand Kaepernick ( KAP-ər-nik; born November 3, 1987) is a former American football quarterback known for his political activism regarding police brutality and racism against ...more

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Jim Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
James William Plunkett (born December 5, 1947) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons. He achieved his greatest success ...more

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Nick Mullens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
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Nicholas Clayton Mullens is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Southern Miss Golden Eagles ...more
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Steve Bono is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Steven Christopher Bono (; born May 11, 1962) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League.

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Steve DeBerg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Steven Leroy "Steve" DeBerg (born January 19, 1954) is a retired American football player. He was a professional quarterback in the National Football League for 21 years.

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Elvis Grbac is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Elvis Grbac
Elvis M. Grbac (born August 13, 1970) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) and currently serves as the head football coach, Marianist Urban ...more
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Frankie Albert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Frank Cullen Albert(January 27, 1920 – September 4, 2002) was an American football player. He played as a quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers in the National Football League. Albert ...more
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Steve Spurrier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945) is a former American football player and coach often referred to by his nickname, the "Head Ball Coach". Steve Spurrier was born in Miami ...more

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Trent Dilfer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Trent Farris Dilfer (born March 13, 1972) is a former American football quarterback and analyst who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He is best known as the starting ...more
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C.J. Beathard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Casey Jarrett Beathard is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Iowa, and was ...more
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Nick Mullens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
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Norm Snead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Norman Bailey Snead (born July 31, 1939) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, New York ...more

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Earl Morrall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Earl Edwin Morrall (May 17, 1934 – April 25, 2014) was an American football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for twenty-one seasons. Morrall, who also ...more

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Shaun Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Shaun Christopher Hill (born January 9, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played 15 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an ...more
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Bob Waters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Bob Waters
Robert Lee Waters (June 22, 1938 – May 29, 1989) was an American football player, coach, and administrator, best known for his contributions to athletics at Western Carolina University. Waters ...more
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George Mira is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
George Ignacio Mira (born January 11, 1942) is a former professional American football player, a quarterback in eight National Football League (NFL) seasons for four teams. He then played five ...more

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Colt McCoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
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Daniel "Colt" McCoy (born September 5, 1986) is an American football quarterback for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cleveland ...more

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Blaine Gabbert is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Quarterbacks of All Time
Blaine Williamson Gabbert (born October 15, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Missouri ...more

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