The San Francisco 49ers go back 65 years. They were the first professional team on the West Coast. Care to guess the team’s first-ever draft choice (anyone, anyone?) Glen Davis, the famous halfback out of Army.
In those days, teams drafted 30 players a year and many were selected based on what coaches and scouts read in Sunday sports sections. Thus, it is very difficult to gauge how a 1954 first-round pick like Bernie Faloney of Maryland ranks in terms of being overrated among all 49ers.
(Note: There’s no record of Faloney on Pro-Football-Reference.com, and there also was this guy named Y.A. Tittle on the Niners. Maybe the two are connected, eh?)
Thus, it isn’t all that easy to assess who played for the 49ers for a period of time and didn’t live up to expectations, otherwise known as my credo for being overrated,
But here is a list of 20 players from 1960. It can be a little cruel and simplistic, but it’s the nature of the sporting world. Fans have hopes, players have stats and writers have opinions.