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who is the 49ers top 5 players all time and in what order

rice
montana
lott
young


willis may end up a spot after lott
Originally posted by sfninerfanMax:
i would go

Montana
Rice
Lott
Haley
5 should probably be Willis--but for fun i will take a flyer---and go with Jesse Sapolu--offensive guard


I am nuts--I forgot about Steve Young! slap my head! Young should be # 4 Haley # 5
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Originally posted by 80sbaby24:
My list:

Jerry Rice
Joe Montana
Steve Young
Ronnie Lott
Terrell Owens (soon to be Patrick Willis)

(Im sure I will get a ton of hate for the last one, but it was either him, Gore or Haley. I went with T.O)

Exactly +49
Rice, Montana, Lott, Young, Willis, Justin Smith. Yeah I said it let the hate begin
1. Jerry Rice - Greatest Player Ever
2. Joe Montana - Greatest QB Ever
3. Ronnie Lott - Arguably Greatest Defensive Player Ever

4. Steve Young - Greatest Left Armed QB

5. Owens, Deion (only 1 season), Haley, YA Little, Willis
[ Edited by KEGster on Feb 6, 2012 at 9:44 PM ]
Its hard not to put Owens at 5 but Willis will have better career I think in the end.
Rice
Montana
Lott
Young
Willis
1. Rice
2. Montana
3. Young
4. Lott
5. Gore/Willis

And it's "WHO ARE..." not "WHO IS..."
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I'm not familiar enough with the pre-80s players to say, but seems like Johnson and Nomellini have a strong argument for top 5 status. Nomellini was named all-NFL twice on offense and 4 times on defense. Also pretty cool that he was our first ever draft choice.

Other pre-80s HOFers who spent the bulk of their careers with the Niners:

FB Joe Perry
HB Hugh McElhenny
QB Y.A. Little
CB Jimmy Johnson
LB Dave Wilcox

Would be nice to hear from some experts on that era.

my 1980s-present top 5:

1) Rice
2) Montana
3) Lott
4) Young
5) T.O. (but Willis will surpass him in no time)
Originally posted by redniner49:
you have a point stat wise but craig was vital in our past game and a big factor in our 2 and 3rd superbowl

That does not make him a top-5 player in Niner history.
1. Rice
2. Montana
3. Lott
4. Steve Young
5. Bryant Young
Montana
Rice
Lott
Young
Willis
Originally posted by susweel:
Montana
Rice
Lott
Young
Willis

I agree, should be end of discussion IMO
Originally posted by redniner49:
i say 1.montanna,2.rice3.young4.lott5.craig

You mean "who are the 49ers top 5 players of all time"?
Montana
Rice
Young
Lott
Haley

This is a tough one. Haley has to be on this list. Losing Haley cost the 9ers 2 SBs at least IMO...... Willis will be there, but these guys have rings...........
[ Edited by kemp_j on Feb 7, 2012 at 3:42 AM ]