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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.
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1,380 148
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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2
1,437 137
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
965 107
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
1,004 115
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Young Quarterback

5
740 162
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Patrick Willis Linebacker

6
606 149
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Roger Craig Running back, Fullback

7
690 169
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Frank Gore Running back

8
517 116
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
540 203
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

10
402 93
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Taylor Return specialist, Wide receiver

11
483 108
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Clark Tight end, Wide receiver

12
367 91
Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Justin Smith Defensive tackle

13
317 87
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
236 86
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Randy Cross Offensive Lineman

15
326 65
Joe Staley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Staley Tackle

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16
270 32
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

17
292 74
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

18
219 65
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Merton Hanks Cornerback, Safety

19
283 74
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Brent Jones Tight end

20
367 111
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Vernon Davis Tight end

21
371 108
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

22
234 59
Garrison Hearst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Garrison Hearst Running back

23
250 72
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
230 62
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
243 79
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker

26
191 57
Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Harris Barton Tackle, Offensive Lineman

27
280 52
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Rathman Fullback

28
225 71
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jesse Sapolu Center

29
208 61
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

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209 54
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Perry Running back, Fullback

31
168 62
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dave Wilcox Linebacker

32
175 49
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jimmy Johnson Cornerback

33
166 49
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bob St. Clair Tackle

34
163 52
Guy McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guy McIntyre Guard

35
160 45
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

36
159 53
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Wallace Tackle

37
169 88
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jeff Garcia Quarterback

38
138 45
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Leo Nomellini Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
139 42
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tim McDonald Safety

40
156 46
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Hugh McElhenny Running back

41
113 20
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Davis Cornerback

42
93 33
Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Andy Lee Punter

43
134 41
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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44
156 70
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Mike Iupati Guard

45
143 50
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

46
101 22
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Keena Turner Linebacker

47
86 6
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Bill Walsh

48
108 45
Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Michael Carter Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard

49
98 23
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Eric Wright Cornerback

50
109 38
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Anquan Boldin Wide receiver