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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.
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Running back
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Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker
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Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman
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Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback
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John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback
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Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback
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Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle
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Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back
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Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker
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Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker
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Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Center
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Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Linebacker
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Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Punter
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Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle
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Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback
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Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback
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Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Guard
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Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver
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Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Safety
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Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guard
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Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver
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Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
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Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle
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Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard