What is your fondest 49ers memory/moment?

May 13, 2011 at 3:23 PM28

Earlier today, we asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter, "What is your fondest 49ers memory/moment?" It is always interesting to hear different answers from various age groups. Some fans were not around during some of the amazing 49ers moments in the early 80's. Others went back before the 80's. Do your memories involve Joe Montana, Steve Young or even John Brodie? Do you remember a moment with Jerry Rice, Terrell Owens or even R.C. Owens? We'd like to share some of the answers we got from our fans. Let us know what your favorite 49ers memory or moment was.

"The Catch and thhe Goalline stance against the Bengals in SB 16" - Scott Braccia via Facebook

"Owens 'catch 2' in last few seconds against Packers....and the little S Young stumble as he dropped back, before he threw it :)" - Nathan Brown via Facebook

"I have so many, but two that come to mind: my first game in person at the stick... NFC Divsional Playoffs against the Bears the last year we won the SuperBowl... we blew them out, it was sooo fun to watch Young, Rice, even Deon! Also from this past season, My wife and I took our (almost two at the time) daughter to her 1st Niners game. It was the overtime win against the Rams. My little girl was so excited and had her niners gear on! Great memory!" - Danny Wright via Facebook

"Joe Montana's throw to John Taylor for the Super Bowl Win against Cincinnati" - Carlos Delgado via Twitter

"Wow where to start?? Too many to name. But "the catch" was the start to the glory years so I have to say that is #1 in my book." - Vancouver NinerEmpire via Facebook

"Sitting in the stands...Monday Night Football...Plunket was the QB, and Candlestick was still astroturf. The game ended on a Starbuck comeback, but it was my first game there with my dad. First of MANY." - Danny Brooks via Facebook

"1995, 10 pt underdogs going to Cowboys Stadium with no Steve Young and no William Floyd after losing to Saints & Panthers in straight weeks at home... And beating the tobacco juice of the Cowboys 38-20!!!" - Carlos Rodríguez via Facebook

"Childhood-The Catch, Adult-Being in a NY sports bar when they came back and beat the NYG. Drafting PWilly&Crabtree is up there" - Dagan Cassale via Twitter

"The Niners were down 17-0 vs. the hated Rams on MNF at the end of the first quarter and ended up winning 30-27, much due to the TWO 90 + yard tds by Taylor." - Fasedown Screamer via Facebook

"‎94 Finally !!!beating the cowboys and watching steve young running around candlestick like a Maniac knocking over camera men !!!" - Rich Perez via Facebook

"Hearst running 90 something yards for a TD in OT with TO blocking all the way to the EZ against the Jets for the win!!!!" - Samnang Samreth via Facebook

"getting revenge on the cowboys (twice) in '94...nfc championship game was especially memorable...going up 21-0...young to rice right before halftime...great memory" - Chris Christofferson via Facebook
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  • Steven H.
    Seeing Garrison Hearst come back from that horrible broken ankle injury ranks pretty high for me. All the hard work, dedication, and positivity he embodied was incredible. Mooch and the team did not give up on him either. Form going to almost losing a foot to returning to a pro bowl caliber player...simply amazing! Hearst overcame a few major injuries, and if not for them, he'd be a Hall of Famer. Very inspiring person and definitely one of my all-time favorites.
    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM
  • jeremy p.
    It's hard to pin down one memory but if I had to say one it would have to be watching the Niners destroy Denver in the Super Bowl. I will never forget seeing Jerry Rice arms raised crossing into the endzone early in that game. He was well on his way to being the greatest. Another vivid memory on a less happy note was watching Joe get smashed by the Giants the following year. I remember tearing up when he was laying on the ground.
    Jul 26, 2011 at 6:17 AM
  • Edward Barber
    I haven't missed many games, I attended many at Kezar,I'm in my late 70's, on the radio or on television. over the years there have been so many exciting things happen I couldn't pick just one but my vote for the toughest 49er goes to Y.A. Tittle. He would stand in the pocket when his defense broke down and complete a pass though he knew he was going to be hit. He did that time after time. Who was the toughest 49er might be a good question.
    Jul 13, 2011 at 4:38 PM
  • nick s.
    I was 13 or 14. My cousin (12 or 13) and I got on BART in Oakland over to SF. We were late for the game so the busses didnt go straight to Candlestick. It dropped us off at Hunters Point. I remember putting a penny in the telephone pole for luck as we ran through the neighborhood to Candlestick. It seemed to be around 8-9 blocks. We got there in the 2nd quarter, and it was a game I think where the Niners clinched a playoff berth or something because I remember they let the fans go on the field at the end. We went on the field, it was raining and I grabbed a chunk of turf from the field and took it home with me and kept in in a jar for months. I remember seeing Ronnie Lott's helmet all by itself, wanting to swipe it, but didnt.
    Jun 30, 2011 at 5:43 PM
  • scott
    I am 43 my first experience with the superbowl was the 49ers against the miami dolphins. There was a comercial after that game with Joe mantana and Dan Marino, were joe buys dan a soda and Dan says to joe im buying next year! Joe goes on to win 3 more superbowls Dan never made it back. Great comercial one that still sticks with me to this day. Go niners no#6
    Jun 27, 2011 at 2:44 PM
  • bret
    Of course, everyone who is old enough remembers the Catch, and Montana to Taylor, and young ones remember Young to Owens, but I go back to 1960. My Dad was a fan and I started watching games with him. Jimmy Johnson was my favorite player for about the first 15 years - or so it seemed! (He may not have been Ronnie Lott as an intimidator and inspirational leader, but the league has never seen a better cover corner - not even Deion!) I lived in Chico, so I was a fan on TV, and radio when they were at home. I spent hours by my radio listening and rooting and fantasizing about actually having a great team and not just a great offense! My favorite moment was my first game in person - opening day 1970. the team hadn't been good before, but under Dick Nolan they had two rookie defensive ends (Cedrick Hardman and Tommie Hart) and they won that day with 6 sacks en route to a 10-3-1 season and their first ever playoff appearance! They were still at Kezar in those days, and I'm glad I got to experience that, although Candlestick had some good years. But most of all I'm looking forward to 2015 and seeing them in their new stadium! And maybe another 5 Superbowls before I'm gone!
    Jun 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM
  • Kyanna
    Great common sense here. Wish IÂ'd thuohgt of that.
    Jun 4, 2011 at 5:06 PM
  • GM
    Two great moments. When I was 3, my dad walked me across the street to GGPark to watch the new team in town practice -- the 49ers. I met Frankie Albert, Norm Standlee, Buck Shaw, the whole bunch. Second favorite is watching Hugh McElhenny get his helmet torn off, then run about 80 yards for a TD with his hair waving in the wind. Of course, the "Catch" was probably the most exciting but the goal line stand vs. Cincinnati when Danny Bunz nailed the runner at the 1 was also very big.
    Jun 2, 2011 at 1:47 PM
  • charlie
    my favorite 49er moment(s), are they ones i shared watching any of their games w/ my nephew and close friend-- it has been a long-standing tradition ..unforgettable.
    May 23, 2011 at 10:34 AM
  • allen
    The Catch. It was the last football game my Dad attended. He said that watching them win that game was all he needed to be happy. I remember that when Dwight made the catch I looked over to my Dad and he was out of his seat, I looked around and he was at the top of the stairs, I ran up to him and he says "I think I'm gonna have a heart attack" "Not now Dad" was my reply. As we drovew over to the Stick for the game we stopped in Burlingame for breakfast, he was so excited that even doing that we were at the park 3 hours befrore kickoff. He took me to my first football game at Kezar and I got to watch Y.A. Tittle, John Brodie and that whole crew, but the catch tops everything.
    May 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM
  • GM
    Montana to Taylor as the game winner over Cincy for the 49ers in their 3rd of 5 super bowl victories. Before the "best drive ever", I (at 10 yrs old) was lying on my living room floor while clutching my rosary beads praying that Joe "Cool" would do what he eventually did. Unforgettable.
    May 17, 2011 at 8:30 PM
  • SonocoNinerFan
    The second half of the 1989/90 NFC Championship game against the Rams. The game was already decided, but the second half of that game was one of the most beautiful physical beat downs of an NFL team I have EVER seen. That it was the 49ers doing it to the Rams on the road to the Superbowl made it that much sweeter. Craig and Rathman and the O-Line just dominated the Ram defense but the real stars of the second half was the 49er defense and all of the pressure that led to the phantom sack of Everett. My second favorite moment was the NFC Championship the year before when we did nearly the same thing to the Bears in Chicago while it was 20 below. Good times. I was 23-24 years old and out sowing my wild oats during all this and it was maybe the most care free and fun time in my life. Ahh memories.
    May 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM
  • 5andCounting...
    95' 49ers(5-4)@ Cowboys(8-1)? No Young and D. Loville was starting that game at RB. Before the game Dieon(then with the cowboys) predicted 49ers would lose next two games, (DAL,MiA-MNF) Third or fourth play of the game, Grbac hits Rice on a five yrd slant over the middle for a 60 plus yrd TD. Niners never looked back and win that game and the following week @ MIA on MNF. Just one of many memories!!!!
    May 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM
  • Willard
    Grbac - Rice ... Touchdown vs the Cowboys on the slant. Young - T.O, TD to beat the Packers (nearly cried) Seeing Eric Davis pick off Aikman in '94 was SWEET also.
    May 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM
  • 4T9R4Life
    By: Jeremy Rillo (05/13/2011 at 20:37:35) Comment: The opening season game of the 94 season against the Raiders... Jerry Rice broke the TD record... Then the Niners won the SB at the end... this watching this on MNF. i was in awe we he went over the two defenders to bring that ball down.
    May 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM
  • 49ersswagger
    two moments come to mind 1st the entire 94 season when steve young yelled at george seifert during 40-8 blowout vs eagles then we beat dallas twice once in the regular season then in the nfc championship game deion sanders shut down alvin harper and we doubled irvin with eric davis and merton hanks then in the superbowl we destroyed chargers will always remeber when steve young said will someone take this monkey off my back refering to following in joe montanas's huge footsteps. The 2nd moment was the 98 season from the opener vs jets G Hearst 98yrd run for td in overtime to the catch 2 T.O great catch to win the game vs the hated packers who thought they owned the 49ers at that time it was one of steve youngs finest hours considering the knock on him at the time was that he couldn't beat the Packers when we won that game I knew we were going to superbowl until G hearst was hurt on the 1st run of the game vs falcons damn dirty birds
    May 16, 2011 at 6:13 AM
  • The_Real_Randy
    There are plenty of great catches in Niner history that would be the obvious choices but my favorite play(s) is the goal-line stand in SB 16. No end zone for you, Mr. Two Heismans. The best overall game the team ever played was the '88 NFC Championship-total domination of a team that all the "experts" pegged to kick our asses because of the home-field advantage.
    May 14, 2011 at 11:56 PM
  • NTep49
    Steve Young to Terrell Owens with a perfect pass over the deep middle in triple coverage FOR THE WIN(finally) against the Packers. That's the only time Ive ever cried in a good way while watching my Niners.
    May 14, 2011 at 10:11 AM
  • Rominjoe
    That 89 game vs the Rams always sticks in my memory, bc my parents sent me to bed bc the game was over after I had told all my friends at school that niner team was the best ever. This was a tall claim to make when you lived in Texas. I remember the niners were down by 2 TD's and my dad said the game was over and I had to get up early to go to school. Ive never dreamed of more football than I did that night. I so wanted to check the tv but was afraid god would punish me and make the niners lose a blowout if I was disobedient to my parents. Yes, I was a screwy kid and in my world, god punished you with bad niner football, and I dreamed atleast a dozen different outcome for that game, but none as beautiful as the actual game. My dad wouldnt get to read the sports page that day because I took it with me to school to gloat to all my friends all the while claiming, 'I never had a doubt!' Victory was so sweet. Ive nvr let my parents forget that night.
    May 14, 2011 at 9:56 AM
    Every Steve Young moment! Seriously tho, I live in Maryland and grew up here with no home team so the 49ers has been my team of choice since i was 7 yrs old (1987) and started to like/watch football. Id have to say my all time greatest moment was when the 49ers played in the Redskins' new Fedex stadium for the 1st time back in the late 90s. I remember it well, I had all my 49er gear on and drunk ppl all around me. Steve Young was the qb and I remember us going 3 and out to start and being down 10-0 half way through the 1st quarter. By half time the 49ers were up 28-10, needless to say ppl around me were bitter and I was rubbing it in, even had ppl try to fight me (welcome to DC)! Anyways, the end score was 49-10 so it is still one of my fondest memories as a life long 49ers faithful! The drunken rednecks next to me screaming in my ear during the 1st 10 mins of the game never returned after half time! I still have the Steve Young jersey I wore to the game, man I love the 49ers!
    May 14, 2011 at 8:03 AM
  • BodyRocker
    Like many of you, "Oh which one to tell?" Football game: Niners vs NY Giants; 2002 playoff game (Jan 5, 2003), and Garcia brings us back from 38-14 down; it was CRAZY! and Owens, Owens, Owens, TD from Steve Young with 7 seconds left against GB. Who Believed we'd win it? Personal, fond memory: Joe Montana's half-time retirement during versus the Bronco's and Jerry Rice re-breaks his knee-cap! Attending the Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hi the year Joe Montana goes into the HoF; plus being on the same plane as he and his family.
    May 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM
  • Ron Guerrero
    Not my fav, but I loved Steve Wallace and his salad bowl blocking Junior Seau all the way into the goal post in SB XXIX as the 49ers ran in for a TD
    May 13, 2011 at 9:49 PM
  • Jeremy Rillo
    The opening season game of the 94 season against the Raiders... Jerry Rice broke the TD record... Then the Niners won the SB at the end...
    May 13, 2011 at 8:37 PM
  • D Hansel
    Being at the game when DC made the catch. (with my Dad)
    May 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM
  • Tom McCarroll
    My best moment was the waning seconds of the 1994 season championship game when we finally beat the Cowboys!
    May 13, 2011 at 5:17 PM
  • fan
    I don't remember if we were playing the Lions or the Bears, but I became a super fan when I say Joe Montana dismantle the opponent. Then we threw in Steve Young and he continued the dismatling. So we pulled Steve Young and in comes Steve Bono who also threw a touchdown lol.
    May 13, 2011 at 4:43 PM
  • Gmoney
    Fondest memory is getting tickets to the '94 regular season against the giants from my friends dad who was a chef at a restaurant the team frequented. As young, high school kids, we pulled over to see how much we could get from scalpers....500 for each ticket, a king's ransom in those days. But we turned them down, went to the game and lost our voices cheering naked Steve Young bootlegs to our first win against those damn cowboys in many years. I will never forget that day. Candlestick was bumpin!
    May 13, 2011 at 4:28 PM
  • LV49er_Fan
    Beating Dallas 93-94 season, need an owner with deep pockets so we can keep up with the Jones.
    May 13, 2011 at 3:41 PM

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