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The Best San Francisco 49ers Linebackers of All Time

Updated January 15, 2020 2.5k votes 454 voters 13.6k 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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    #11 of 26 NFL Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#15 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • NaVorro Bowman2

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

  • Ken Norton, Jr.3

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

  • Charles Haley4

    Seasons: 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

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    #145 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#39 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Fred Warner5
    94
    25

    Fred Warner

    Seasons: 2018

  • Aldon Smith6

    Seasons: 2014, 2013, 2012

  • Ahmad Brooks7

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

  • Julian Peterson8
    58
    19

    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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    #33 of 98 The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time#46 of 99 The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time

  • Keena Turner10

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

  • Jeff Ulbrich11
    45
    10

    Jeff Ulbrich

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

  • Jack Reynolds12

    Seasons: 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981

  • Chris Borland13
    55
    32

    Chris Borland

    Seasons: 2014

  • Mike Walter14
    36
    12

    Mike Walter

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

  • Derek Smith15
    32
    10

    Derek Smith

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

  • Lee Woodall16
    30
    12

    Lee Woodall

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

  • Takeo Spikes17
    26
    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

     

  • Dan Bunz21

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

  • Jim Fahnhorst22
    20
    6

    Jim Fahnhorst

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

  • Aaron Lynch23
    24
    11

    Aaron Lynch

    Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Milt McColl24
    20
    7

    Milt McColl

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

  • Gerald Hodges25

    Seasons: 2016