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The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time 

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Updated January 15, 2020 1.3k votes 306 voters 9.3k views 74 items

Big fan of San Francisco football? Then check out this list of San Francisco 49ers linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout San Francisco 49ers history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the San Francisco defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring 2018-2019 SF 49ers and some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best 49ers LBs include Mike Walter, Dave Wilcox, Keena Turner, Willie Harper, and Julian Peterson.

Who are the best linebackers in San Francisco 49ers history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of San Francisco 49ers starting linebacker.

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Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007

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NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
4
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
5
Freddie Warner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Fred Warner

Seasons: 2018

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Aldon Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
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Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980

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Julian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Julian Peterson

Seasons:  2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000

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Jack Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981

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Ahmad Brooks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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Mike Walter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Mike Walter

Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985

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Gary Plummer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

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Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964

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Jeff Ulbrich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Jeff Ulbrich

Seasons: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

15
Chris Borland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Chris Borland

Seasons: 2014

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Dan Bunz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978

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Derek Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Derek Smith

Seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

18
Frank Nunley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Frank Nunley

Seasons: 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972,1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

 

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Willie Harper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973

20
Jim Fahnhorst is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Jim Fahnhorst

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984

21
Aaron Lynch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Aaron Lynch

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014

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Lee Woodall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Lee Woodall

Seasons: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

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Takeo Spikes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
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Michael Wilhoite is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Michael Wilhoite

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

25
Mark Nzeocha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time
Mark Nzeocha

Seasons: 2018, 2017