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.
list ordered by

1
1,889 221
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

2
1,953 200
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

3
1,360 162
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

4
1,268 157
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

5
966 238
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

6
816 209
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback

7
957 232
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back

8
698 162
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
733 265
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

10
667 131
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

11
522 120
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
472 122
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Defensive tackle

13
421 110
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

14
451 88
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Tackle

15
310 118
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Offensive Lineman

16
375 93
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

17
373 101
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

18
556 151
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

19
300 89
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

20
395 65
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added Linebacker

21
486 149
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

22
312 74
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Running back

23
324 89
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

24
322 78
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Running back

25
227 11
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Coach

26
375 64
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fullback

27
318 96
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

28
240 72
Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

29
279 87
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Center

30
257 68
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback

31
252 77
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

32
207 77
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

33
223 70
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback

34
207 66
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle

35
204 69
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Guard

36
208 61
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

37
234 121
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

38
178 60
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
194 69
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle

40
174 58
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Safety

41
194 66
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back

42
175 58
Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

43
149 34
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Linebacker

44
158 34
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback

45
132 53
Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Punter

46
179 63
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

47
197 93
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guard

48
144 36
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Cornerback

49
177 61
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

50
145 60
Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard