The San Francisco 49ers were one of the greatest football teams ever. Their greatest years were coached by the late great Bill Walsh. Some of the most influential and most recognizable names in the game of football are from the 49ers and they reside in immortality in the National Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Here I will present the greatest 49er players of all-time.
1. Jerry Rice
This was a close one when you think Joe Montana should be there. But, Rice was not only the greatest 49er ever to play on the team, he could be the best player to ever play the wide receiver position and maybe the best to play the game, period. He played alongside Joe Montana and Steve Young, and he holds football records that more than likely will never be broken by anyone. He is in the NFL Hall of Fame and is one of the greatest ambassadors of the game.
2. Joe Montana
The greatest quarterback ever to play the game. Some would argue that Tom Brady or Terry Bradshaw could be since they too won four Super Bowls, but Joe went four times and won all four. He is the greatest 49er quarterback ever, and fans all over the country make the case to be the greatest quarterback ever to play in the NFL.
3. Ronnie Lott
One of the toughest and hardest hitting defensive football players I have ever seen. His hits on offensive players could be heard in the stands. He was one of the most feared defensive players ever to hit the field. Lott started out on defense as a cornerback for a few years and then moved to safety. Legendary player.
4. Steve Young
The second best 49er quarterback behind Joe Montana. He started his career in Tampa Bay and then went to San Francisco where his career blossomed after the departure of Montana. He himself went to the Super Bowl and won, but he was always in the shadow of #16. A very athletic quarterback, but his career was cut a little short due to the number of concussions he endured.
5. Roger Craig
Roger Craig won three Super Bowls while with the 49ers. How is it he is not in the Hall of Fame? He was a fast and bruising running back whose was famous for his high knee running. He could not only run around a defender he could run through them as well. Probably the greatest running never to get into the hallowed halls of Canton.