Tom Rathman is a current coach with the 49ers.
Narrowing down our list of San Francisco 49ers' all-time great running backs to only 10 is a difficult task. Several outstanding running backs did not make our list. These fine players are included in the honorable mention category.
Wilbur Jackson is our first honorable mention. He played for the 49ers from 1974-79, alongside Delvin Williams, Jackson came out of college at Alabama as a halfback, but because the 49ers also had Williams, he shifted to the fullback position.
Jackson did get plenty of opportunities to carry the ball, however. He had 745 rushing attempts for 2,955 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jackson also developed into a decent blocker for Williams.
Tom Rathman was a bruising fullback whose main claim to fame was as a blocker for Roger Craig. Rathman carried the ball 516 times for 1,902 yards and 26 touchdowns.
Rathman was also very productive as a receiver out of the backfield. He caught 294 passes for 2,490 yards and eight touchdowns.
Charlie Garner played only two seasons for the 49ers from 1999-2000. Garner had 499 carries for 2,371 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Ricky Watters played for the 49ers from 1992-94. Watters was a very flashy player, but he also wore out his welcome with his brash attitude. Nevertheless, he was very productive in a 49er uniform. Watters carried the football 653 times for 2,840 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Hall of Fame running back John Henry Johnson also deserves mention. Although he had his greatest success with Pittsburgh, he began his career in San Francisco.
Johnson played three seasons with the 49ers, from 1954-56. He was a tough, punishing runner who had 228 carries for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Johnson was a member of the famed "Million Dollar Backfield," along with Y.A. Tittle, Hugh McElhenny and Joe Perry. All four of these players are in the Hall of Fame.