With the 49ers having 2 picks in this year’s draft (picks 13 and 17), the summary of 2 players will be posted on a daily basis. Over the next 35 days, I will post a summary on the careers of the 70 players drafted by your San Francisco 49ers in the first-round between 1950 and 2009. I plan on having one post in the morning, and one in the day. And on the 35th day, I will reveal what I believe the 49ers should do with their first round picks. Hopefully many of you out there will learn something you never knew before about your favorite team.
Leo Nomellini was selected with the 11th pick of the 1950 NFL Draft as the 49ers’ first-ever NFL draft choice. Nomellini was a Defensive Tackle who attended the University of Minnesota. He was an ironman; having played in every 49ers game for 14 years, a feat which totals 174 regular-season games and a total of 266 pro games. He was said to be an “excellent defensive pass rusher”, and a “bulldozing offensive blocker.” He would be labelled “indestructible.” At 6’3” and 260 pounds, Nomellini proved to be versatile, as he would be recognized as an All-NFL type player on offense in 1951 and 1952, and later received those accolades on defense during the 1953, 1954, 1957, and 1959 seasons. He participated in the Pro Bowl in10 of his 14 seasons. During the off-seasons, he would wrestle as Leo “The Lion” Nomellini. Nomellini was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on September 13, 1969. His #73 jersey is one of the 11 jerseys retired by the San Francisco 49ers. He would pass away on October 17, 2000, at the age of 76.