Selecting third in the 1957 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected San Francisco native, John Brodie. He was a 6’1”, 198 pound quarterback, out of Sanford University. During his rookie season, he saw limited action. Although his playing time had increased up until the 1960, he shared his playing time with Y.A. Little. He earned the starting spot for good in 1961, when the 49ers shipped Little to the New York Giants. Over the next 13 seasons, Brodie would be the starter for the team, and in that time he was a formidable player in the league. Brodie would twice be selected to the Pro-Bowl and also as an All-Pro during the 1965 and 1970 seasons. 1965 happened to be his best statistical season as he would lead the league in passing with 3, 112 yards and 30 touchdowns. In 1970, Brodie received the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award. Over the course of his career, Brodie put up 31,548 passing yards-good for third all time at the time of his retirement(behind Johnny Unitas and Frank Tartenton) along with 214 touchdowns and 224 interceptions. He also had 1,167 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground. His #12 jersey is now retired by the San Francisco 49ers.
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