Football 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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1
2,083 246
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

2
2,167 220
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

3
1,409 167
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,507 179
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

5
1,079 250
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back

6
1,053 260
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

7
902 227
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback

8
780 172
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
833 283
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

10
756 139
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

11
580 130
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
520 139
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Defensive tackle

13
470 120
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

14
509 94
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Tackle

15
442 71
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added Linebacker

16
346 128
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Offensive Lineman

17
419 100
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

18
635 166
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

19
340 97
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

20
401 109
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

21
343 84
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Running back

22
299 13
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Coach

23
535 163
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

24
420 69
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fullback

25
355 96
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle