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The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Updated January 15, 2020 2.6k votes 465 voters 13.9k views71 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 Willis1

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

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  • NaVorro Bowman2

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

  • Charles Haley3

    Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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  • Ken Norton, Jr.4

    Seasons: 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

  • Fred Warner5
    89
    24

    Fred Warner

    Seasons: 2018

  • Aldon Smith6

    Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012

  • Ahmad Brooks7

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

  • Julian Peterson8
    58
    18

    Julian Peterson

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

  • Dave Wilcox9

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

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  • Keena Turner10

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

  • Jeff Ulbrich11
    44
    9

    Jeff Ulbrich

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

  • Mike Walter12
    37
    12

    Mike Walter

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

  • Jack Reynolds13

    Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981

  • Chris Borland14
    52
    31

    Chris Borland

    Seasons: 2014

  • Derek Smith15
    31
    10

    Derek Smith

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

  • Lee Woodall16
    30
    11

    Lee Woodall

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

  • Takeo Spikes17
    25
    8

    Takeo Spikes

    Seasons: 2010, 2009, 2008

  • Gary Plummer18

    Seasons: 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

  • Willie Harper19

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

  • Frank Nunley20
    23
    7

    Frank Nunley

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

     

  • Jim Fahnhorst21
    19
    6

    Jim Fahnhorst

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

  • Milt McColl22
    20
    7

    Milt McColl

    Seasons: 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982 

  • Elijah Lee23
    20
    7

    Elijah Lee

    Seasons: 2018, 2017

  • Dan Bunz24

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

  • Aaron Lynch25
    23
    11

    Aaron Lynch

    Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014