5 Greatest Quarterbacks in 49ers History

5 Greatest Quarterbacks in 49ers History


The San Francisco 49ers have featured some of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Over five Super Bowl victories, the franchise has certainly benefited from this illustrious history.

We went through and made a list of the five best quarterbacks over 75 years of franchise history.

5. John Brodie

Over 17 seasons between 1957 and 1973, John Brodie became the 49ers leader in games started with 201. Brodie played in a completely different era of football than the other names on this list, but for his day, he was a volume passer who led the league in passing yards three times. His 31,548 career passing yards still ranks him 45th all time despite the run-heavy era he played in. However, his below .500 record as a starter prevents him from ranking higher.

4. Colin Kaepernick

Although his football prowess has been overshadowed by his activism, there's a good case to be made that Kaepernick is the third-best 49ers quarterback ever. Kaepernick's record as a starter is an impeccable - . During his heyday in 2012-2013, Kaepernick was a true dual-threat quarterback and was utterly dominant. His career quickly tailed off, but it shouldn't be forgotten that he had a career passer rating of 88.9 and a career TD-to-INT ratio of 72:30.

3. Y.A. Tittle

Y.A. Tittle spent 10 years in San Francisco, earning a reputation as an accurate passer and brilliant leader. His stats aren't the best, but he went 45-31-2 as a starter and made four Pro Bowls with San Francisco. Although his best years came at the end of his career with the New York Giants, Tittle was still a key figure in 49ers history.

2. Steve Young

The 49ers were blessed to have back-to-back Hall of Fame quarterbacks in the 1980s and 1990s. Steve Young spent four years as Joe Montana's backup before emerging in his own right. A two-time MVP and the starter in San Francisco's Super Bowl XXIX victory, Young was an efficient passer who led the league in completions percentage and yards per attempt five times. When he retired, he had the highest passer rating of quarterbacks with over 1,500 attempts.

1. Joe Montana

Joe Montana is the only name that could be at the top of this list. A four-time Super Bowl winner and two-time MVP, Montana became a living legend. From "The Catch" to his remarkable passing ability, his story has been retold countless times in documentaries and retrospectives. One of the best clutch quarterbacks ever, his record as a starter was an astonishing 117-47.

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