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
1,977 232
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

2
2,054 207
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

3
1,331 159
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,426 172
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

5
1,001 251
Patrick Willis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

6
859 218
Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback

7
1,015 240
Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back

8
734 166
Charles Haley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
780 272
Terrell Owens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

10
707 135
Dwight Clark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end, Wide receiver

11
548 125
John Taylor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

12
489 129
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Defensive tackle

13
442 114
Bryant Young is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

14
475 91
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Tackle

15
329 121
Randy Cross is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Offensive Lineman

16
398 94
Brent Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

17
588 155
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Punt returner, Kickoff returner

18
388 104
Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

19
320 92
Merton Hanks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

20
414 69
NaVorro Bowman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
bigulcards added Linebacker

21
506 157
Vernon Davis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tight end

22
328 78
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Running back

23
261 12
Bill Walsh is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tom Derr added Coach

24
340 93
Dana Stubblefield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle

25
339 83
Ricky Watters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
willyboymcoy added Running back

26
397 65
Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Fullback

27
337 98
Ken Norton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

28
255 73
Harris Barton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle, Offensive Lineman

29
288 89
Jesse Sapolu is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Center

30
269 70
Joe Perry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back, Fullback

31
216 77
Dave Wilcox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Linebacker

32
260 79
John Brodie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

33
232 71
Jimmy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback

34
216 67
Bob St. Clair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle

35
213 70
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Guard

36
218 62
Fred Dean is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker

37
249 124
Jeff Garcia is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Quarterback

38
187 62
Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

39
198 70
Steve Wallace is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle

40
181 59
Tim McDonald is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Safety

41
200 69
Hugh McElhenny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Running back

42
170 35
Eric Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback

43
181 58
Dwight Hicks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

44
157 35
Keena Turner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Linebacker

45
184 64
Gene Washington is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver

46
137 55
Andy Lee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
JabariParker12 added Punter

47
201 96
Mike Iupati is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Guard

48
151 36
Eric Wright is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
slaft added Cornerback

49
152 60
Michael Carter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Tackle, Nose tackle, Nose guard

50
188 67
Anquan Boldin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best San Francisco 49ers of All Time
Wide receiver