The 49ers have certainly seen their fair share of unique and interesting personalities over the years. Whether fans loved them, or hated them, nobody was ambivalent.
While this phenomenon has spanned the entire time line of franchise history, I have limited my consideration here to players only, starting from the Super Bowl era forward. I would love to hear input on what I messed up, who I left out, or how I got the order wrong.
We begin with honorable mention: Deion “Primetime” Sanders
From his “Neon” days with the Falcons, up through his “Primetime” days with the 49ers and that team from Dallas, Deion was never short on personality and the ability to draw attention. He was known for a variety of quirks, such as laying out his entire uniform, from his cleats up to his trademark red bandanna on the locker room floor, like a crime scene chalk outline prior to getting dressed for games.
His play on the field was equally flamboyant, with his high-stepping interception returns and end zone dances.
While these on-the-field performances drew scorn from many, he was with few exceptions a cult favorite to fans and teammates on any team he played for.
Deion actually would have ranked much higher on the list, were it not for the fact that I have an admitted bias for loyalty, years served, and Super Bowls won.