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
2,268 228
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback
2
2,192 257
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver
3
1,479 173
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
4
1,579 186
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback
5
1,129 262
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back
6
1,093 271
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker
7
942 241
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback
8
808 185
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
9
876 292
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver
10
801 142
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver
11
605 139
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
12
501 122
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle
13
541 144
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Defensive tackle
14
535 100
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Tackle
15
470 77
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
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16
340 13
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Coach
17
360 132
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Offensive Lineman
18
437 104
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end
19
354 100
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety
20
679 176
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner
21
411 113
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback
22
557 169
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end
23
438 71
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fullback
24
367 101
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle
25
353 90
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Running back