Football The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time  

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A list of the best San Francisco 49ers of all time. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most successful and popular NFL teams during the Super Bowl era. The team has gone to six Super Bowls, winning five of them. The San Francisco teams of the past four decades have had some of the best players in football history. These players are widely considered the best players at their position and are easily the greatest 49ers ever. Every conversation about the greatest 49ers begins with Joe Montana. Drafted in the third round in 1979, Montana was an integral player in the 49ers dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s. The team won four Super Bowls with Montana as its quarterback, confirming his status as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Next in line was another superstar quarterback: Steve Young. A worthy successor, Young was an NFL MVP and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl title after the 1994.

You can't talk about the greatest 49ers players of all time without mentioning the best wide receiver ever. Jerry Rice had the most storied career of any receiver in NFL history. Rice holds nearly every receiving record in NFL history and is by far and away the best 49ers receiver of all time.

The 49ers defense has featured the iconic Ronnie Lott and more recently, superstar linebacker Patrick Willis.

This is the list of the best San Francisco 49ers of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think is the greatest San Francisco 49ers player of all time.

1
1,860 188
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

2
1,795 211
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

3
1,213 146
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,292 153
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Young Quarterback

5
931 224
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Patrick Willis Linebacker

6
778 199
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Roger Craig Running back, Fullback

7
913 219
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Frank Gore Running back

8
673 152
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Charles Haley Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
694 255
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

10
626 127
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Clark Tight end, Wide receiver

11
498 114
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Taylor Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
450 114
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Justin Smith Defensive tackle

13
402 103
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bryant Young Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

14
425 85
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Joe Staley Tackle

15
293 112
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Randy Cross Offensive Lineman

16
526 138
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

17
355 90
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Brent Jones Tight end

18
353 95
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

19
372 58
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

20
284 84
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Merton Hanks Cornerback, Safety

21
466 142
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Vernon Davis Tight end

22
292 71
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Garrison Hearst Running back

23
308 85
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dana Stubblefield Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

24
304 75
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Ricky Watters Running back

25
304 92
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker

26
356 61
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Rathman Fullback

27
196 10
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Bill Walsh Coach

28
230 69
Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Harris Barton Tackle, Offensive Lineman

29
267 84
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jesse Sapolu Center

30
251 66
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Perry Running back, Fullback

31
202 74
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dave Wilcox Linebacker

32
245 74
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

33
217 65
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jimmy Johnson Cornerback

34
200 62
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bob St. Clair Tackle

35
196 65
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Guy McIntyre Guard

36
196 58
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

37
190 65
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Wallace Tackle

38
172 58
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Leo Nomellini Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
219 117
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jeff Garcia Quarterback

40
167 56
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tim McDonald Safety

41
188 64
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Hugh McElhenny Running back

42
165 55
Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Hicks Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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140 33
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Keena Turner Linebacker

44
175 62
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

45
125 50
Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Andy Lee Punter

46
148 34
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Davis Cornerback

47
191 91
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Mike Iupati Guard

48
135 35
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Eric Wright Cornerback

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140 59
Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Michael Carter Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard

50
163 57
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Anquan Boldin Wide receiver