49ers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
1969 - DT Leo Nomellini (49ers: 1950-63)
Was the first-ever draft choice after the 49ers joined the NFL. Played every 49ers game for 14 seasons. Altogether he played in 174 consecutive regular season games, and counting ten trips to the Pro Bowl, Nomellini played in 266 contests. "The Lion" became one of the few to be named to an all-NFL team on both offense and defense. Retired at age 39. Played college ball at the University of Minnesota. Born June 19,1924, in Lucca, Italy.
1969 - FB Joe Perry (49ers: 1948-60, 63, NFL: 1948-63)
First player in NFL history to gain 1,000 yards two consecutive seasons. His 9,723 rushing yards placed him second only to Jim Brown when he retired. Finished career with 12,505 combined yards. Nicknamed "The Jet" because of his quick starts. Also played for the Baltimore Colts (1961-62). Attended Compton Junior College. Born January 22, 1927, in Stevens, Arkansas.
1970 - HB Hugh McElhenny (49ers: 1952-60, NFL: 1952-64)
One of only three players to gain over 11,000 yards carrying the ball. Scored 60 career touchdowns, 38 rushing, including a 42-yard touchdown run on his first pro play in preseason. In 1952, McElhenny had the longest punt return (94) and longest play from scrimmage (89). Scored two touchdowns in first Pro Bowl after his rookie year. Also played for Minnesota Vikings (1961-62), New York Giants (1963), and Detroit Lions (1964). Played college football at University of Washington. Born December 31, 1928, in Los Angeles, CA.
1971 - QB Y.A. Tittle (49ers: 1951-60, NFL: 1948-64)
Had 17 years of NFL experience, finishing his career with 33,070 passing yards and 281 touchdowns (39 rushing). Won NFL Most Valuable Player Award in 1961 and '63. Threw 33 touchdown passes and a career-high 3,224 yards in 1962. In '63 he threw 36 touchdowns, completing 60.2 percent of his passes. Also played for the Baltimore Colts (1948-50) and the New York Giants (1961-64). Played college ball at Lousiana State University. Born October 24, 1926, in Marshall, Texas.
1985 - RB O.J. Simpson (49ers: 1978-79, NFL: 1969-79)
In 1973 became the first player to rush over 2,000 yards in a season, including three games with more than 200 rushing yards. In a five-year period, rushed over 1,000 yards each year (1972-76). Named Player of the Year three times (1972, '73, and '75) and played in a Pro Bowl. Finished career with 11,236 yards and four rushing titles. Also played for Buffalo Bills (1969-77). Played college football at USC. Born July 9, 1947, in San Francisco, CA.
1987 - FB John Henry Johnson (49ers: 1954-56, NFL: 1954-66)
Was a member of what's been noted as the finest backfield in NFL history. The foursome known as "The Million Dollar Backfield" and "The Fabulous Foursome" included three other Hall of Famers-QB Y.A. Tittle and RBs Joe Perry and Hugh McElhenny. Gained 6,803 yards rushing, including 48 touchdowns. Also played for the Detroit Lions (1957-59), Pittsburgh Steelers (1960-65), and Houston Oilers (1966). Attended St. Mary's College and Arizona State University. Born November 24, 1929, in Waterproof, LA.
1990 - T Bob St. Clair (49ers: 1953-63)
Exceptional offensive lineman. Also played goal-line defense and blocked 10 field goals in 1956. Once lost five teeth when blocking a punt. Earned all-NFL honors three times and made five Pro Bowl appearances. Attended San Francisco and Tulsa. Born February 18, 1931, in San Francisco, CA.
1993 - Head Coach Bill Walsh (49ers: 1979-88)
Led "The Team of the '80s" to three Super Bowl titles (XVI, XIX, XXIII) in 10 years. Compiled a .617 winning percentage with a 102-63-1 mark that included 10 wins in 14 postseason games. Notorious for his reputation of being an outstanding offensive coach, Walsh developed what is now known as the "West Coast Offense." Named NFL Coach of the Year in 1981 and '84. Attended San Jose State. Born November 30, 1931, in Los Angeles, CA.
1994 - CB Jimmy Johnson (49ers: 1961-76)
Starter on both offense and defense at UCLA. Began 49ers career as a defensive back, moved to offense, then stayed at DB in his third season. Intercepted 47 passes for 615 yards, including five INTs his rookie year. As a receiver in 1962, he caught 34 passes for 627 yards and four touchdowns. Recognized as one of the best man-to-man defenders in NFL history. Played in five Pro Bowls and twice won the prestigious Len Eshmont Award selected by his teammates for inspirational play. Born March 31, 1938, in Dallas, Texas.
2000 - QB Joe Montana (49ers: 1979-92, NFL: 1979-94)
Third-round pick out of Notre Dame in 1979 ... Undersized with questionable arm strength, yet retired with highest QB rating (92.3) in history ... He led 31 fourth-quarter comebacks, including 92-yard game-winning drive in the closing moments of Super Bowl XXIII ... Led 49ers to four Super Bowl championships in 1980s ... Three-times Super Bowl MVP ... Led the league in completions percentage five times, passing yardage twice ... Played in eight Pro Bowls ... Ranks among the all-time leaders in passing yards (40,551) and TDs (273) ... Named to Pro Football Hall of Fame's 1980s
2000 - CB/S Ronnie Lott (49ers: 1981-90, NFL: 1981-94)
Former USC star was the eighth overall pick in the 1981 draft ... Was an All Pro cornerback before switching to safety in the mid-80s, where his excellence continued and his reputation grew ... Played corner in first two Super Bowl wins, safety in last two ... Known for his ferocious tackling, but was excellent in coverage, too ... Ranks fifth on the list of all-time interceptors (63) ... Ranks first with 9 postseason INTs ... Played in 10 Pro Bowls ... Was the defensive leader of San Francisco's first four Super Bowl championship teams ... Named to Pro Football Hall of Fame's 1980s All-Decade Team.
2000 - LB Dave Wilcox (49ers: 1964-74)
Third-round pick out of Oregon in '64 ... Excellent in every phase of linebacking play ... He is regarded as one of the best at stuffing tight ends at the line of scrimmage, preventing them from running pass routes ... His coaches nicknamed him 'The Intimidator' for his aggressive style of play ... Was a master at shedding blocks and shutting down the run as well ... Rams QB Roman Gabriel once said of Wilcox, ‘He plays outside linebacker the way Dick Butkus plays middle linebacker' ... Started in two NFC championship games and played in seven Pro Bowls from 1967-74.
2005 - QB Steve Young (49ers: 1987-99, NFL: 1985-99)
Bucs' first round pick of 1984 supplemental draft ... Traded to 49ers, 1987 ... Tied with legendary Sammy Baugh as only QBs to win six NFL passing titles ... Set then-record 112.8 paser rating, 1994 ... Threw 6 TDs, named Most Valuable Player, Super Bowl XXIX ... Career statistics include 33,124 yards and 232 TDs passing, also rushed for 43 TDs ... All-Pro four times, NFL MVP twice, seven Pro Bowls ... Born October 11, 1961 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2008 - DE Fred Dean (49ers: 1981-85, NFL: 1975-85)
Chargers' second round pick of 1975 NFL Draft ... Traded to 49ers, 1981 ... Four time Pro Bowl selection (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983) ... Two time Super Bowl champion (XVI, XIX) ... 1981 UPI NFC Player of the Year ... All-Pro in 1980 and 1981 ... All-Conference in 1979-1981 and 1983 ... Finished his career with 93 sacks in 141 games and one interception ... Born February 24, 1952 in Arcadia, Louisiana.
2009 - CB/S Rod Woodson (49ers: 1997, NFL: 1987-2003)
Steelers first-round draft pick (10th player overall), 1987 NFL Draft ... Member of NFL's 75th Anniversary Team and NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1990s ... NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 1993 ... Intercepted 71 passes in career ... Is NFL's all-time leader in interception return yardage (1,483) ... Six-time first-team All-Pro choice ... Earned All-Pro honors as cornerback, kick returner, safety ... Named to 11 Pro Bowls ... Born March 10, 1965, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
2009 - WR Bob Hayes (49ers: 1975, NFL: 1965-75)
Selected as a future pick by Cowboys, seventh round, 1964 NFL Draft ... Also drafted as future choice by Denver (AFL) ... Won a pair of gold medals in the 1964 Olympic Games earning him the title "World's Fastest Human" ... Four times was named first- or second-team All-NFL ... . Three times led the Cowboys in receptions ... Career stats include 7,414 receiving yards and 71 TDs ... Born December 20, 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida ... Died September 18, 2002, at age of 59.
2010 - WR Jerry Rice (49ers: 1985-2000, NFL: 1985-2004)
Selected by 49ers in first round (16th player overall), 1985 ... Set NFL record with 22 TD receptions, 1987 ... Led NFL in receiving yards and touchdown receptions six times ... Record 1,848 yards receiving, 1995 ... Owns virtually every significant receiving mark including receptions (1,549); receiving yards (22,895); most 1,000-yard receiving seasons (14) ... Had record 208 total touchdowns; 23,546 combined net yards ... Super Bowl XXIII MVP... Named first-team All-Pro 11 consecutive seasons ... 13 Pro Bowls ... Born October 13, 1962 in Starkville, Mississippi.
2010 - LB Rickey Jackson (49ers: 1994-95, NFL: 1981-95)
Selected by Saints in 2nd round (51st player overall), 1981 ... Made immediate impact as rookie when led team with franchise rookie record eight sacks and was leading tackler ... Six double-digit sack totals in career ... Six Pro Bowls ... All-Pro four times ... Jackson finished NFL career as defensive end with 49ers ... 128 career sacks does not include rookie total since sack did not become official statistic until 1982 ... Born March 20, 1958 in Pahokee, Florida.
2011 - CB Deion Sanders (49ers: 1994, NFL: 1989-2005)
First-round selection (5th player overall) by Atlanta, 1989 ... Career TDs: six on punt returns, three on kickoff returns, nine on interceptions, one fumble recovery; and three receiving ... 53 career interceptions ... Member of NFL's All-Decade Team of 1990s as both cornerback, punt returner ... Led NFL in punt returns, 1998 ... Led NFC in kickoffs, 1992; interceptions, 1991, 1993 ... First-team All-Pro nine times ... Eight Pro Bowls ... Born August 9, 1967 in Fort Myers, Florida.
2011 - DE Richard Dent (49ers: 1994, NFL: 1983-1997)
Selected by Chicago in eighth round, 1983 draft ... An intimidating player, could speed rush or power rush quarterback ... Amassed 137.5 career sacks ... Recorded double-digit sacks eight seasons ... Led NFC with team record 17.5 sacks, 1984 ... Following year, led NFL with 17 sacks ... Super Bowl XX MVP ... Named first- or second-team All-Pro four times, All-NFC five times ... Selected to four Pro Bowls ... Born December 13, 1960 in Atlanta, Georgia.
2012 - DE Chris Doleman (49ers: 1996-98, NFL: 1985-1999)
Drafted as linebacker in 1st round by Vikings in 1985 ... Moved to starting defensive end late in second season ... Eight team sack titles (six with Vikings, once each with Falcons and 49ers) ... Led NFL with 21 sacks, one shy of record at time, 1989 ... Career sack total of 150.5 sacks was fourth best at retirement ... Eight seasons with 10 or more sacks ... Eight Pro Bowls ... Born October 16, 1961 in Indianapolis, Indiana.