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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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Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

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Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Dwight Clark
Tight end, Wide receiver

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#34 of 249 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #220 of 1,556 The Best Football Players Ever

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Justin Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Joe Staley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Linebacker
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Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Bryant Young
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

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John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time