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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
1,712 199
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

2
1,770 177
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
1,165 137
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
1,241 144
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Young Quarterback

5
901 206
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Patrick Willis Linebacker

6
750 186
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Roger Craig Running back, Fullback

7
869 210
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Frank Gore Running back

8
637 145
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
659 244
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

10
597 123
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
480 111
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
437 110
Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Justin Smith Defensive tackle

13
382 102
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
410 81
Joe Staley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Staley Tackle

The Best San Francisco 49ers Running Backs of All Time

15
281 109
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Randy Cross Offensive Lineman

16
348 90
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

17
500 132
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
360 53
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

19
342 90
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Brent Jones Tight end

20
269 83
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Merton Hanks Cornerback, Safety

21
451 137
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Vernon Davis Tight end

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286 69
Garrison Hearst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Garrison Hearst Running back

23
300 83
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

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293 73
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Ricky Watters Running back

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291 90
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker

26
341 61
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Rathman Fullback

27
223 68
Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Harris Barton Tackle, Offensive Lineman

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176 10
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Bill Walsh

The Best San Francisco 49ers Wide Receivers of All Time

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248 62
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Perry Running back, Fullback

30
212 58
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jimmy Johnson Cornerback

31
257 83
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jesse Sapolu Center

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198 71
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dave Wilcox Linebacker

33
243 72
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

34
196 60
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bob St. Clair Tackle

35
191 64
Guy McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guy McIntyre Guard

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215 110
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jeff Garcia Quarterback

37
170 55
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Leo Nomellini Defensive tackle, Tackle

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189 56
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

39
183 63
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Wallace Tackle

40
162 52
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tim McDonald Safety

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183 62
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Hugh McElhenny Running back

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122 48
Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Andy Lee Punter

The Best San Francisco 49ers Coaches of All Time

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158 53
Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Hicks Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

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169 60
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

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188 89
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Mike Iupati Guard

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132 32
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Keena Turner Linebacker

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142 32
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Davis Cornerback

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157 54
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Anquan Boldin Wide receiver

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129 35
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Eric Wright Cornerback

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134 59
Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Michael Carter Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard