San Francisco 49ers Top Players
The San Francisco 49ers franchise is considered one of the greatest in NFL history because only a few teams in the league can boast about five Lombardi trophies and countless Hall of Famers.
With so many great players donning the red and gold over the years, it is almost impossible to pick ten of the greatest players to have ever put on the 49ers uniform without starting an argument with your fellow 49ers fans.
Since this is my list, and it covers the entire franchise since 1946, there might be some unfamiliar names. But don’t worry, every man on this list earned the spot.
Now that we have gotten all that out of the way, it’s time to find out who the top ten players in franchise history are:

#10 - Roger Craig

Running Back
1,686 Carries
7,064 Rushing Yards
50 Rushing Touchdowns
508 Receptions
4,442 Receiving yards
16 Receiving Touchdowns
Roger Craig | San Francisco 49ers
In an era when running backs only had to carry the ball, Roger Craig was reinventing the way the position will be played.
Craig was the first dual threat running back, and a big part of three Super Bowl winning teams.
In 1985, he became the first player to ever rush for 1,000 yards and have 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He was a four-time Pro Bowler.

#9 - Leo Nomellini

Offensive Tackle/Defensive Tackle
174 games
13 Fumbles Recovered
2 Safeties

Leo Nomellini | San Francisco 49ers
Nomellini played in an era when players played both offense and defense. He was also the first pick in Franchise history, and a pretty good one too.
Not only was he a disruptive force on the defensive side of the ball, he was also a great blocker.
Nomellini was named to 10 Pro Bowls, was a six-time All Pro, and was in ducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.

#8 - Jimmy Johnson

7 fumbles recovered
47 Interceptions
2 Touchdowns
40 Receptions
690 Receiving yards
4 Receiving Touchdowns
Jimmy Johnson | San Francisco 49ers
Johnson is known more as an analyst these days, but he was once the first shutdown corner in the NFL.

#7 - Charles Haley

Defensive End/Linebacker
326 Tackles
66.5 Sacks
14 Forced Fumbles
7 Fumbles Recovered
1 Interception
1 Touchdown
Charles Haley | San Francisco 49ers
This Hall of Famer was one of the most feared defensive players in the league, and is considered to be one of the most feared pass rushers in NFL history.

#6 - Bryant Young

Defensive Tackle
614 Tackles
89.5 Sacks
12 Forced Fumbles
7 Fumbles Recovered
3 Safeties

Bryant Young | San Francisco 49ers
Regarded as one of the best to ever play the defensive tackle position because of his uncanny ability to get to the quarterback.

#5 - Ronnie Lott

Free Safety
721 Tackles
5.5 Sacks
8 Forced Fumbles
12 Fumbles Recovered
51 Interceptions
5 Touchdowns
Ronnie Lott | San Francisco 49ers
The man cut off part of his pinky so he could play in a game. Nothing else needs to be said about Mr. Lott.

#4 - Dwight Clark

Wide receiver
506 Receptions
6,750 Yards
48 Touchdowns

Dwight Clark | San Francisco 49ers
Even if he only had one touchdown catch in his career, he would be on this list thanks to “The Catch,” that started it all.

#3 - Steve Young

29,907 Passing Yards
221 Passing Touchdowns
86 Interceptions

65.8 Completion Percentage
101.4 Passer Rating
3,581 Rushing Yards
37 Rushing Touchdowns
Steve Young | San Francisco 49ers
Young not only retired as the most accurate quarterback in NFL history, he was also one of the greatest mobile quarterbacks in league history.

#2 - Joe Montana

5,124 Passing Yards
244 Passing Touchdowns
123 Interceptions

63.7 Completion Percentage
93.5 Passer Rating
1,595 Rushing Yards
20 Rushing Touchdowns
Joe Montana | San Francisco 49ers
His four Super Bowl Rings makes him one of the greatest of all time.

#1 - Jerry Rice

Wide receiver
84 Carries
625 Rushing Yards
10 Rushing Touchdowns
1,281 Receptions
19,247 Receiving Yards
176 Receiving Touchdowns
Jerry Rice | San Francisco 49ers
Not only is he the greatest player in 49ers history, he’s also the greatest in NFL history.

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