Originally posted by cciowa:
Originally posted by CorvaNinerFan:
agree. i feel bad for people who never saw gene washington. Ok he never had great stats but the best pair of hands and smoooth. i think he is the second best wide out in our history behind rice and ahead of john taylor. i would take number 18 and his big old poofy afro over owens any day. It was a pleasure to watch hardman and tommy hart in 1976, I remember on monday night football they had 8 or 9 sacks against the rams and we set a record for most sacks that year which i think still stands
That's a very tough question to answer...the majority of posters likely never saw some of our HOFers/other greats play...guys like Nomellini, St. Clair, Joe (the Jet) Perry, Hugh McElhenny, Jimmy Johnson, Y.A. Tittle, John Brodie, Gene Washington, Dave Wilcox, Cedric Hardman, etc. We had a ton of great players before Walsh, Siefert & the Super Bowls came along. Much as I love Willis, he simply hasn't played long enough to be on the top 5 list. I'll give this a shot, but, really, it's very subjective and you can make arguments for many players to be on it.
Top Five Next Five
Joe Montana Bob St. Clair
Steve Young Jimmy Johnson
Jerry Rice Dave Wilcox
Ronnie Lott Cedric Hardman
Leo Nomellini Joe Perry
Just FYI... In that game against the Rams in 1976, Tommy Hart set a then NFL record by getting 6 sacks in that single game. The team as a whole recorded 10 sacks in that game, which I believe is still a franchise record. I remember it well....an amazing performance.
Completely agree with your comments about Gene Washington. When he had John Brodie throwing to him, he was an All-Pro every year (with excellent stats BTW) and when Brodie retired, he was still good even with nobody
throwing to him. He was heading straight to the Hall of Fame before Brodie retired. Too bad he never got to play with another decent QB...