Behind The Numbers

SI recently came up with the greatest players by jersey numbers, and your San Francisco 49ers had six former players make the list. Although he did not play with the 49ers, Coach Mike Singletary was selected as the best player who donned the number 50.

Here are the six 49ers players who were the best with their jersey number: Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Jerry Rice, Dwight Clark, Charles Haley, and Julian Peterson.

This is what SI had to say about the six players chosen:

16 Joe Montana

Joe Cool was at his best when the money was on the line. He quarterbacked the Niners to four Super Bowl wins and was named Super Bowl MVP on three occasions.

42 Ronnie Lott

An All-Pro free safety who intimidated wide receivers with his bone-crushing hits, Lott won four Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. He earned All-Pro honors at three positions (cornerback, free safety, strong safety).

80 Jerry Rice

The NFL’s career leader in receptions (1,549), yards (22,895) and touchdowns (208), Rice was a key member of three Super Bowl champions as a Niner.

87 Dwight Clark

Two-time Pro Bowl wideout hauled in 506 passes during his nine-seasons with the 49ers, none more memorable than The Catch — his leaping end-zone grab with 51 seconds left that beat Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship Game.

94 Charles Haley

The five-time Pro Bowl pick was a pass-rush force from the linebacker and defensive end spots from 1986-99 and is the only five-time Super Bowl-winner (three with Dallas, two with San Francisco).

98 Julian Peterson

A five-time Pro Bowl selection at outside linebacker, Peterson starred for the Niners (where he wore the number) and Seahawks before moving to Detroit last year.

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