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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
1,613 181
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

2
1,668 164
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
1,097 126
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
1,160 132
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Young Quarterback

5
845 188
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Patrick Willis Linebacker

6
810 193
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Frank Gore Running back

7
689 176
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Roger Craig Running back, Fullback

8
585 138
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
621 230
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

10
550 119
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
445 104
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
404 102
Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Justin Smith Defensive tackle

13
354 96
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
376 75
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
258 101
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Randy Cross Offensive Lineman

16
326 80
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

17
324 45
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

18
450 118
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

19
316 84
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Brent Jones Tight end

20
417 125
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Vernon Davis Tight end

21
243 76
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Merton Hanks Cornerback, Safety

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22
263 63
Garrison Hearst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Garrison Hearst Running back

23
274 80
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
264 69
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
261 86
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker

26
308 57
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Rathman Fullback

27
203 64
Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Harris Barton Tackle, Offensive Lineman

28
229 58
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Perry Running back, Fullback

The Best San Francisco 49ers Wide Receivers of All Time

29
234 78
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jesse Sapolu Center

30
225 68
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

31
192 55
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jimmy Johnson Cornerback

32
180 67
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dave Wilcox Linebacker

33
176 56
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bob St. Clair Tackle

34
136 9
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Bill Walsh

35
172 59
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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36
194 100
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jeff Garcia Quarterback

37
170 57
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Wallace Tackle

38
169 48
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

39
154 50
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Leo Nomellini Defensive tackle, Tackle

40
147 47
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tim McDonald Safety

41
166 56
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Hugh McElhenny Running back

42
107 38
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

43
174 78
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Mike Iupati Guard

44
128 25
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Davis Cornerback

45
143 47
Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Hicks Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

46
152 56
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

47
115 27
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Keena Turner Linebacker

48
137 44
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Anquan Boldin Wide receiver

49
112 30
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Eric Wright Cornerback

50
117 54
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