Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
1. 1981-First is always the best
2. 1989-Best Niner team ever and top five all time
3. 1984-Great year after superbowl in 81, strike in 82 then screwed in 83.
4. 1988-The second biggest surprise winner after 1981
5. 1994-Great team, but loaded with mercenaries. It was great to punk the Cowboys!
1991 - Honorable mention. Didn't make the playoffs but they were fun down the stretch.
Great years. A list such as this is probably needed. It is difficult to pick just one. Each one had its unique and inspiring storyline. 1989 was a year of complete euphoria, where a Super Bowl champion simply gets better the next year and ends the dream season going on to a repeat championship, with a 55-10 victory. Dennis Smith and Steve At**ter were supposed to make Jerry fear their hits. John Elway's bullet passes would challenge Joe to match him. Charles Haley, Michael Carter, Kevin f*gan, and Pierce Holt disrupted the line of scrimmage while Ronnie Lott displayed his great leadership in the secondary. In 1981 the 49ers were supposed to lose to the Cowboys again and fulfill their destiny as a perennial bottom dweller. Joe, Dwight Clark and Eric Wright, clearly had not bought into that thinking and were going to make plays that changed the history of the franchise. That and the goal line stand by the defensive front in the Super Bowl defined the 49er resolve. 1988 came as a year where Anthony Carter had supposedly become the best wide receiver in the league, supplanting Jerry. The disappointing 1987 loss to the Minnesota Vikings was supposed to be an omen of things to come. Then, en route to a Super Bowl victory over the Bengals, Jerry collected his MVP trophy. Roger Craig was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. John Taylor had catch that capped off "The Drive" and in the huddle, Joe talked about a comedian named John Candy while driving down field for the Super Bowl winning touchdown. 1984 established the 49ers in the running for team of the decade. Roger Craig and Joe put on a show, while the defense led once again by Eric Wright, Fred Dean, Ronnie Lott and many talented players overwhelmed the new star quarterback of the Dolphins, named Dan Marino. That would be the first and last time Dan Marino would play in a Super Bowl. Local fans celebrated the game in their own backyard at Stanford Stadium. 1994 was the year for Steve Young to finally placate the critical Bay Area fans and step out of Joe's shadow. It was also a time for the 49ers to get past the new Cowboy obstruction with Deion Sanders blanketing Michael Irvin, Ricky Jackson delivering some of the loudest hits on Emmit Smith, and it's hard to forget Merton Hank's chicken dance. Deion was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Jerry was Jerry and Ricky Watters came of age to become the Roger Craig like player that was needed. It is difficult to include every great moment and player because there were so many. Great years.
Eric Wright, Roger Craig, Charles Haley, John Taylor and several other 49ers should be in the HOF. Also, the 49er offensive linemen like Jesse Sapolu and Guy McIntyre that revolutionized the positions with Bill Walsh's offense and won several Super Bowls should be in there.
[ Edited by 49erDynasty on Aug 16, 2011 at 3:55 AM ]