Frankie Albert heads our list of Honorable Mentions
The following players deserve an honorable mention in our list of most electrifying players.
Frankie Albert played seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. The little left-hander, as he was affectionately known, played much bigger than his size. He was 5'10" and weighed 166 pounds.
Albert led the old All American Football Conference in completion percentage in 1946 and 1948. He also threw for a league-leading 29 touchdowns in 1948 and 27 more in 1949. He often thrilled fans with his scrambling and his jump passes.
Running back Delvin Williams earns an honorable mention based on his four exciting years in San Francisco. His best year was in 1976, when he rushed for 1,203 yards. Williams had good speed and ran with a smooth-flowing gait. Williams had a nose for the end zone, as he scored 25 touchdowns as a 49er.
Wide receiver Billy Wilson was one of the most productive receivers during the decade of the '50s, when running the football was more the norm. Wilson led the league in receptions three times and scored 49 touchdowns in his 10-year career with the 49ers. He was also a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
Defensive end Cedric Hardman earns honorable mention accolades based on his outstanding pass-rushing ability. He teamed with Tommy Hart to form a disruptive tandem pressuring the quarterback.
Hardman combined blazing speed and power coming off the end and used those assets to collect 106.5 sacks in his 10 years with the 49ers. He was exciting to watch and was a devastating pass-rusher.
Gene Washington was one of the top wide receivers in the league and I can still remember his acrobatic receptions. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and earned three First-Team All-Pro honors.
Washington played nine seasons with the 49ers and caught 371 passes for 6,664 yards. He averaged an incredible 18 yards per catch. This outstanding rate is a testament to his ability to get deep and make the big play.
Paul Hofer earned an honorable mention not because he was a great running back, but because he played with such an incredible passion and energy. Hofer played six seasons with the 49ers and never rushed for more than 615 yards. Few backs hit the hole faster or harder than the intense Hofer.