We have gone through our lists of top 12 NFL bobbleheads by position, we are now going through the top 10 by team. We will now look at the top 10 bobbleheads from the San Francisco 49ers, who have had many great players over their history. If you have any comments or somebody you think deserved to be on the list please leave those in the comment section at the bottom!
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Joe Montana – Quarterback 1979 – 1994
Obviously, you have to start with one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Before the exploits of a certain quarterback from New England, many said he was THE greatest of all time. There are many records that Montana held, but the most impressive accomplishment was leading his team to 4 Super Bowl wins and being named the Super Bowl MVP in 3 of them.
Jerry Rice – Wide Receiver 1985 – 2004
Montana would have still had a hall of fame career I am sure without Jerry Rice to throw to for most of his career, but having the greatest wide receiver of all time didn’t hurt. He still owns over 100 NFL records, including most receptions, most receiving yards, and most touchdowns, all by a large margin over the second place.
Ronnie Lott – Safety 1981 – 1994
Ronnie Lott was one of the greatest safeties to ever play the game. He had a great football IQ, knowing what the offense was going to do before they do it, and was one of the hardest hitting defensive players to play the game. Lott was the anchor of the defense that went to 4 Super Bowls in the ’80s.
Steve Young – Quarterback 1985 – 1999
Young’s stats could have been even better if not playing behind Joe Montana for 4 seasons after joining the 49ers after 2 lackluster seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. When he got his chance to start he made the most of it, leading the NFL in passer rating a record 6 seasons and leading the 49ers to their 5th Super Bowl title while being named the Super Bowl MVP in 1994, to finish his second MVP season.
Terrell Owens – Wide Receiver 1996 – 2010
Although he had many issues off the field that led Terrell Owens to play for many teams, there is no disputing his skills on the field. He is third in receiving yards and third in passing touchdown, with numerous other team and league records as well.
Dwight Clark – Tight End 1979 – 1987
Dwight Clark had a great career with the 49ers, but everyone remembers “The Catch” in the 1981 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys. That catch in the back of the endzone led the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in which they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals.
Patrick Willis – Linebacker 2007 – 2014
Willis was named Defensive rookie of the year in 2007 and was named to the Pro Bowl in his first 7 seasons. Leading a dominant defense that was a Super Bowl contender for many years, ultimately losing to the Baltimore Ravens in their lone Super Bowl appearance during his time with the 49ers.
Nick Bosa – Defense End 2019 – present
This may be a little early to put him on the list, but Nick Bosa has all the appearance to be on of the greats. Selected number 2 overall in the 2019 NFL draft, Bosa made his presence felt in many games as the 49ers have made their first NFC Championship Game since Patrick Willis was on the team.
Vernon Davis – Tight End 2006 – present
Davis was one of the first in a new wave of athletic tight ends who could block as well as catch. He was drafted 6th overall in the 2006 draft, tying him for the 4th highest tight end ever drafted.
George Kittle – Tight End 2017 – present
Another player with a lot of future ahead of him, Kittle has become one of the top tight ends in the 3 short years he has played. In one of the best games of 2019, against the New Orleans Saints, which had a lot to do with who ended up with the number one seed, Kittle made the play that essentially won the game, catching a short pass and running through defensive players and getting the 49ers into field goal range. His name will be among the best for years to come.
I am sure there are afew others that could have been on the list, but with a history as rich as the 49ers along with the new talent that GM John Lynch has assembled, somebody had to be left off. Let me know what you think about the list in the comment section below!