San Francisco 49ers: The All-Time Team

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San Francisco 49ers: The All-Time Team
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The San Francisco 49ers have employed some of the greatest players in NFL history including Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.

I remember playing video games in the early '90s on Nintendo and Super Nintendo (yes I am dating myself here) and how I loved playing those football games where you could choose your favorite team.  Many games had an option to select "all-time greats" as the team you would play.

Every player on the 49ers (the team I always chose) was a stud and an outstanding representative of their respective era. They were always dream teams to say the least.

While my video game-playing days are all but over, I still enjoy looking back at the storied history of the San Francisco 49ers and thinking about the best players who have put on a 49ers uniform over the course of the franchise. Certainly comparisons between recent 49er teams and the teams of yesteryear are difficult to make. The game itself has changed. Styles have changed, records have been broken and there are legitimate reasons to assume that players of the past could not have competed at the same level today.

Yet we must examine how each individual player impacted the team, and the game for that matter, during the time-frame they played. Exceptional impacts and performance are always noteworthy and San Francisco is fortunate enough to have a deep pool of players who could contend for an all-time team.

This is the cut however.

In this slideshow, I select my 49ers all-time team, dating back to 1970 and the modern era. I examine each of the positions, all-time starters, as well as a number of backups who are worth noting.

It is ultimate "fantasy football" at best, but it is also fun and worth taking a second look at. 

Here are the all-time 49ers greats put together on a team for the ages.


All statistics and records courtesy of

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