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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
1,518 167
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
1,577 150
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Montana Quarterback

3
1,096 122
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Young Quarterback

4
1,037 119
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
804 172
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Patrick Willis Linebacker

6
757 178
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Frank Gore Running back

7
650 161
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Roger Craig Running back, Fullback

8
551 124
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
586 218
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Terrell Owens Wide receiver

10
517 114
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
424 100
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
388 98
Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Justin Smith Defensive tackle

13
337 93
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
250 94
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Randy Cross Offensive Lineman

15
351 74
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
309 77
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Y. A. Tittle Quarterback

17
295 40
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added NaVorro Bowman Linebacker

18
417 113
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
397 120
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Vernon Davis Tight end

20
232 71
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Merton Hanks Cornerback, Safety

21
300 81
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Brent Jones Tight end

22
249 62
Garrison Hearst is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Garrison Hearst Running back

23
263 76
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
250 66
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
251 83
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Ken Norton, Jr. Linebacker

26
292 55
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Rathman Fullback

27
195 63
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 74
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jesse Sapolu Center

29
216 56
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Joe Perry Running back, Fullback

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30
216 64
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
John Brodie Quarterback

31
173 63
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dave Wilcox Linebacker

32
182 53
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jimmy Johnson Cornerback

33
171 50
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bob St. Clair Tackle

34
166 54
Guy McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guy McIntyre Guard

35
183 94
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Jeff Garcia Quarterback

36
162 46
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fred Dean Defensive end, Linebacker

37
162 55
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Steve Wallace Tackle

38
146 47
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Leo Nomellini Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
113 8
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Bill Walsh

40
140 44
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tim McDonald Safety

41
160 50
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Hugh McElhenny Running back

42
121 21
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Eric Davis Cornerback

43
100 35
Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Andy Lee Punter

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44
162 73
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Mike Iupati Guard

45
136 44
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
146 52
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Gene Washington Wide receiver

47
107 24
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Keena Turner Linebacker

48
111 48
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
121 40
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Anquan Boldin Wide receiver

50
101 26
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Eric Wright Cornerback