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
2,092 246
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

2
2,176 221
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

3
1,415 168
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,513 179
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

5
1,055 262
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

6
906 229
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback

7
1,083 254
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back

8
783 174
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
838 283
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

10
760 139
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

11
584 131
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
473 120
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

13
522 140
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Defensive tackle

14
510 94
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Tackle

15
348 128
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Offensive Lineman

16
444 72
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added Linebacker

17
420 100
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

18
342 97
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

19
639 168
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

20
345 84
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Running back

21
402 110
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

22
303 13
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Coach

23
537 164
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

24
422 69
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fullback

25
357 96
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle