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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports



San Francisco 49ers legendary quarterback Steve Young joined the "Murph & Mac" show on KNBR Friday to discuss how the team is linking its present to its historic past.

Young called the 49ers one of the top franchises in the league when it comes to great history and noted that both general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan have been parts of those types of teams in the past.

"They know what it's supposed to look like, and I think they've completely embraced it," Young said during the interview. "John especially has just said the first thing these players are going to hear about is what we used to be like, what the standard is, (and) what we expect everyone to be."

Young went on to discuss how the team now needs the leaders in the locker room to represent that winning culture.

"The truth is, we've got a culture now that's going to feed excellence," Young said. "Now, you've got to have great players, but at some point they've got to put that locker room back together where they have those five to seven to nine to 10 great leaders in the locker room and then it doesn't matter what play you run. It doesn't matter what defense you call. You're going to play well."

You can listen to the entire interview on KNBR.

The 49ers organization has made it a point to link the team to its rich history during the offseason. Levi's Stadium had been criticized for its separation from the team's past. In May, the organization announced that the home of the 49ers would receive a facelift. Returning will be the Ring of Honor that once decorated Candlestick Park in addition to banners hanging in the concourse areas that honor the team's five Super Bowl championships and legendary players.