Niners draft history- 1969 (2nd pick in 1st round)

In 1969, the San Francisco 49ers also held the 16th pick in the first round. With that pick, they selected Stanford University wide receiver Gene Washington. Washington would don the red and gold until the 1977 seasons. Washington wasted absolutely no time making a name for himself, as he would be selected as an All-Pro and to the Pro-Bowl in his first four seasons in the league. In the only season in which he came off the bench for the 49ers, Washington posted career highs of 1100 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, average 84.6 receiving yards per game. Washington, an Alabama native, made the best of his time in California, appearing in a number of films during his playing days. Washington would play for the Detroit Lions in 1979. After his playing days, he did some work as a commentator and as a sports anchor. He was the Director of Football Operations with the NFL from 1994 until he retired in March 2009.

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