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49ers may need a bigger Mt. Rushmore, too

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With the nomination process completed for three divisions in the NFC, we turn to the NFC West.

And we arrive at the most storied of the four franchises in the division:  the 49ers.

The problem in San Francisco, as it will be with other teams that have achieved a high degree of success, will be reducing their all-time greats to four.

At first, I thought it would be easy:  Montana, Rice, Young, Walsh.  Period.  But what about Eddie DeBartolo?  Or Ronnie Lott?  Joe Perry?  Even T.O.?

So it won’t be easy.  Make your nominations below, and then we’ll eventually present a list of 8-12 finalists for the final vote.

All teams’ Mt. Rushmores will be unveiled throughout next month, on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network.

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149 Responses to “49ers may need a bigger Mt. Rushmore, too”
  1. notoriousbri says: May 13, 2013 9:54 AM

    Rice,Montana,Young, Walsh

  2. biscojay says: May 13, 2013 9:57 AM

    I been waiting on this one!!!!

    Joe Montana, Bill Walsh, Jerry Rice, Eddie DeBartolo……Period!

    Ronnie Lott, Steve Young maybe a few others get honorable mention

  3. inyofaceagain says: May 13, 2013 9:57 AM

    Jerry Rice
    Deion Sanders (I had to)
    Steve Young
    Joe Montana

    Honorable mention: Patrick Willis

  4. bigdan7885 says: May 13, 2013 9:57 AM

    TO? LOL!

  5. swede700 says: May 13, 2013 9:58 AM

    Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Leo Nomellini

  6. mrrooch says: May 13, 2013 9:58 AM

    None of the success would’ve been possible without EDDIE D. He made the Niners of the 80′s and 90′s. Hired Walsh. Spent the money. Demanded success. Eddie D, Montana, Walsh, Rice.

  7. mcba1n says: May 13, 2013 10:01 AM

    Meh, not so hard. But leaving Young and Lott off the top 4 is tough.

    Debartolo
    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice

  8. twayward says: May 13, 2013 10:02 AM

    I actually think it was pretty easy to come up with four names:

    Walsh, Montana, Rice & Lott

  9. soia311 says: May 13, 2013 10:02 AM

    Sure it’s tough, but T.O. Definitely isn’t the reason why.

  10. mullman76 says: May 13, 2013 10:03 AM

    T.O.?

    Not likely.

    Merton Hanks before T.O.

  11. sampsonswag01 says: May 13, 2013 10:03 AM

    Montana, Rice, Lott and Walsh.

    Honorable mentions: Debartolo, Joe Perry, Young, Bryant Young and Roger Craig.

    No. T.O. Period.

  12. scoobies05 says: May 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    Montana. Rice. Young. Lott

  13. dalanz28 says: May 13, 2013 10:05 AM

    Walsh, Montana, Rice, Lott

  14. mendenhallfumblemachine says: May 13, 2013 10:06 AM

    AJ Jenkins
    Kyle Williams
    JT O’Sullivan
    Alex Smith

  15. ninerfaithful75 says: May 13, 2013 10:11 AM

    Joe montana, bill walsh, jerry rice, eddie debartolo

  16. musicman495 says: May 13, 2013 10:11 AM

    Uh, there were some great 49ers before Bill Walsh arrived:

    Hugh McElhenny (“The King”)
    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Bill Walsh

    I have no problem including Ronnie Lott, Y.A. Tittle or Joe Perry. Sorry, Steven Young does not make the cut with this group.

  17. dgoens3109 says: May 13, 2013 10:17 AM

    If you’re going coach it’s Walsh, Montana, Rice, Lott.

    If not it’s Montana, Young, Rice, Lott.

    JJ Stokes is on the short list as well.

  18. micknangold says: May 13, 2013 10:17 AM

    Walsh, Montana, Rice, Young. It really is that simple.

  19. contract says: May 13, 2013 10:20 AM

    As with the Steelers, IMO you have to go with the guys that set the standard for the franchise. Walsh, Montana, Rice & Lott. Or Montana, Rice, Lott & Craig if it’s only players.

  20. hannahsdaddy says: May 13, 2013 10:21 AM

    He said TO? That’s hilarious!

  21. willbow5253 says: May 13, 2013 10:22 AM

    Just wait a few years and we can do a non-player one:

    Debartolo
    Walsh
    Harbaugh
    Baalke

    Too many amazing players to put coaches and owners, etc. It’s gotta be:

    Montana
    Young
    Rice
    Lott

    Honorable mention: Tom Rathman!!!!

  22. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: May 13, 2013 10:35 AM

    I feel like the Mt. Rushmore should be all players so I’m going Montana, Young, Rice, Lott. If necessary, we can put Eddie D and Bill Walsh in the background of the four main heads and they can be doing a Aaron Rodgers-esque photo bomb of the 9ers rushmore.

  23. killitandeatit says: May 13, 2013 10:36 AM

    No team would exist without the owner but no owner should be included. I like the idea of an owner only section. The four 49ers : Montana,Rice,Walsh,Lott. The defense, lead by Lott, is without question, the right call.

  24. bcfalcon says: May 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Bill Walsh and Jerry Ric3

  25. mobuccsfan says: May 13, 2013 10:41 AM

    Debartolo
    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice

    But lots of great players who deserve HM:
    Rathman
    Young
    Stokes
    Bryant Young
    Patrick Willis could become a great
    Tittle
    Craig
    Gore also could be depending on how the next two to three seasons go–sadly with the depth they have back there (and assuming a full recovery from Lattimore), this might be Gore’s last season in San Fran. I could see them trying to trade him for something next year with Lattimore, Hunter, Davis and LaMichael James all being younger and less tread on the ‘ol tires.

  26. motorbreath2000 says: May 13, 2013 10:43 AM

    I 1. Eddie De Bartolo – without him, the hiring of Bill Walsh and the establishment of the high standards, the 49ers may not have a single Superbowl appearance.
    2. Bill Walsh – same reasons as with Eddie D, plus the introduction of one of the most prolific offenses, and last but not least, the tutelage of not one but two HOF quarterbacks.
    3. Joe Montana – 4 Superbowls, arguably the greatest quarterback of all time. Nobody should leave him off the list.
    4. Joe Perry – Personally, I wanted to have the list include someone from before the DeBartolo/Walsh era. Joe was one of the best of his time, possibly the best 49er player before Montana and Rice.

    The top three were easy, but there are so many others that keeping the list at just 4 was incredibly difficult. I chose Perry, but could have easily chosen Rice, Lott, Willis, or many others.

  27. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: May 13, 2013 10:46 AM

    Ginn
    Rattay
    Cross
    Declining OJ Simpson

  28. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 13, 2013 10:46 AM

    Montana, Rice, Taylor, Craig, Gore, Lott, Eric Davis, Bryant Young!! My top Eight, and there are so many more but IRS been awhile since they were great, I’m just not old enough to remember them!!

  29. ninersphan says: May 13, 2013 10:47 AM

    JJ Stokes?!?!?!

    Are you people joking, John Taylor was twice the receiver stokes was. Hell you could make an argument for Ricky Waters in his brief Niners career over Stokes, Garrison Hearst too for that matter, as well as Terrel Owens, Tim McDonald, Merton Hanks, Pierce Holt, Tom Rathman, Harris Barton and Dwight Clark. Stokes in no way shape or form belongs on a list of Great Niners players.

  30. anarchopurplism says: May 13, 2013 10:48 AM

    Walsh, Montana, Rice & ……..flip a coin, Debartalo or Lott.

    I’d have to say that teams that have been around longer with multiple era people (ie Steelers, Cowboys, Packers, Bears, Vikings or Giants) are more difficult.

    9ers were the dynasty team of the 80′s and we are essentially talking about 1 team.

  31. raiderrob21 says: May 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    Walsh,Montana, Rice, Lott

  32. supesfan34 says: May 13, 2013 10:49 AM

    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice
    Young

    Honorable mention:
    Lott
    Craig
    Debartolo

    ABSOLUTELY no T.O.

  33. supremekingz says: May 13, 2013 10:50 AM

    Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Frank Gore/ Steve Young

    Frank Gore is now the all time leading rusher in 49ers history. He was 5 yards away from a Superbowl victory, and he’s played his whole career in SF

  34. mobuccsfan says: May 13, 2013 10:55 AM

    Man–seriously, I knew I was forgetting someone–the fifth person and very first honorable mention has to be Ronnie Lott. How the heck did I forget this? It’s definitely a Monday.

  35. hitstick49er says: May 13, 2013 10:56 AM

    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice
    Lott
    Eddie D HM
    Joe Perry HM
    Roger Craig HM
    Steve Young HM
    Frank Gore HM
    Patrick Willis HM
    John Brodie HM
    Tom Rathman HM

  36. elliottcovert says: May 13, 2013 10:57 AM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott
    Bill Walsh

    Honorable mentions: Dwight Clark, Steve Young, Roger Craig

  37. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: May 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    Of course Niners fans are throwing out names of people working for the team right now. You people have been yapping like a chihuahua since your team managed to pull itself out of the sewer. Yes, I’m sure someday Patrick Willis and Trent Baalke, with their zero Super Bowl rings, will be mentioned alongside Joe Effing Montana. Stop having crack for breakfast.

  38. bigbrad184 says: May 13, 2013 10:58 AM

    Lots of deserving candidates and it will be hard to pick just 4. My list of contenders:

    Bill Walsh
    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott
    Steve Young
    Eddie Debartolo
    Bryant Young
    Patrick Willis
    Frank Gore

  39. ejnshow says: May 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    organization: Eddie D, Walsh, Montana, Rice.

    but if it’s players only: Montana, Lott, Rice, Young

  40. thegregwitul says: May 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    If you factor in coaches and owners along with players, most teams will need more than four places on their respective mountains.

    Now, granted, teams like San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Dallas will have more candidates than Arizona, Carolina and Seattle, but every team in the NFL with the possible exception of the most recent expansion teams have at least eight to ten candidates.

    As a fan of the Buccaneers, if I’m considering coaches, current ownership and all viable players, I could easily come up with 12 or so candidates and the Bucs haven’t experienced the overall success of the 49ers, Steelers or Cowboys.

    It would be best to have a top ten list for fans to vote on for each team. With the exception of maybe the Texans, Panthers and Jags, every other team could generate ten viable candidates.

  41. mancave001 says: May 13, 2013 11:01 AM

    Montana, Rice, Young, Walsh. The end.

  42. bigbrad184 says: May 13, 2013 11:05 AM

    Maybe the Niners can borrow a space from the Jags, Panthers, or Texans? They haven’t even been around long enough to have their own Mt. Rushmore. Also, I like the idea of each teams Mt. Rushmore being players only and then having separate Mt. Rushmore’s for the all-time great owners and another one for the coaches. A coaching Mt. Rushmore with some combination of Bill Walsh, Paul Brown, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, etc. would be awesome.

  43. gudy2shoes says: May 13, 2013 11:06 AM

    Uh.. John Brodie!? How old are you people? Try using the web for something besides porn.

  44. jason49er says: May 13, 2013 11:10 AM

    Montana, Rice, Walsh are a given.

    Between Young and Eddie D for the last spot. I’ll say Young because Eddie D would never put himself up there over one of his players, he treated them better than probably any owner in the history of pro sports.

  45. tsuscrumhalf says: May 13, 2013 11:12 AM

    Montana. Rice. Perry. Tittle.

  46. cuzo49 says: May 13, 2013 11:17 AM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry rice
    Bill Walsh
    Randy cross

  47. 49faithful says: May 13, 2013 11:18 AM

    T.O. is a poop stain that needs to be bleached out.

    Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Bill Walsh, and Steve Young

  48. mazblast says: May 13, 2013 11:18 AM

    I thought of picking someone from the pre-Walsh era, but just couldn’t justify it, as there were no titles then and so many starting with 1981.

    Eddie DeBartolo
    Bill Walsh
    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice

    Honorable mention–Joe Perry, Hugh McIlhenny, John Brodie, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark, John Taylor, Roger Craig, Steve Young

  49. blacknole08 says: May 13, 2013 11:28 AM

    Joe Montana
    Bill Walsh
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott

    Montana, Rice, and Walsh arguably the best 3 in history at their respective positions. And Lott was just an enforcer.

    HM — Steve Young, Eddie Dabartolo, Dwight Clark, Baalke… too many to name lol

  50. neofootball says: May 13, 2013 11:29 AM

    I’m a little surprised Charles Haley is getting zero love.

    Joe, Jerry, Ronnie, Bill

  51. milkmandanimal says: May 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Bill Walsh
    Eddie DeBartolo

  52. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 13, 2013 11:32 AM

    Since its too obvious that Montana, Rice, Lott & Young will get the nod, I’ll do the all-hustle team:

    Y.A. Tittle
    Paul Hofer
    Harry Sydney
    Bill Ring

  53. siggtacular says: May 13, 2013 11:34 AM

    Jerry Rice
    Joe Montana
    Steve Young
    Frank Gore

  54. flavadave10 says: May 13, 2013 11:34 AM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott
    Bill Walsh

    If we’re going strictly players:
    Montana
    Rice
    Lott
    Craig/Young. Can’t really decide.

  55. thesteelers says: May 13, 2013 11:39 AM

    Rice
    Montana
    Young
    Lott

  56. 49erstim says: May 13, 2013 11:40 AM

    That is tough. I guess it depends on the criteria (owners/coaches or not). My feeling is that they MUST be included. Without Eddie D and Bill Walsh that dynasty NEVER happens. I don’t know how to leave off SO many great players either. Some of the GREATEST to ever play their positions played for the 49ers.

    My 4 mirror many others here:
    Eddie D
    Coach Walsh
    Joe Cool
    Jerry (G.O.A.T.) Rice
    I’m including a 5th!!!!!!….. Deal with it!
    Ronnie Lott

    There are soooooo many honorable mentions that I feel like I’d leave somebody off to name them all. Haters and ignorant internet trolls bring up garbage like JJ Stokes and the blogger mentions T.O….. Disgusting gentlemen, just disgusting. Your ignorance is bad….and you should feel bad!

  57. killitandeatit says: May 13, 2013 11:42 AM

    O.k., before the promise land was reached we had one player who embodied the fire that was being kindled. That player was so upset after a loss he cut his own car in half with a hack saw. Not a power hack saw,a real hack saw… :Hack saw Reynolds !

  58. tommygjohns33 says: May 13, 2013 11:43 AM

    young, rice, montana, lott

  59. wvuandsteelers says: May 13, 2013 11:45 AM

    I like your 4. Lots of others very deserving, though.

  60. canadian52niner says: May 13, 2013 11:51 AM

    Four GOATS – Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Bill Walsh, and Eddie Debartolo – nuff said. You have to include Eddie, he was the guy that enabled Bill to make it all happen and what he did for the organization culture and how they had things was very progressive and before its time.

    Unless just players, then – Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, and Patrick Willis.

    Steve young was good, don’t get me wrong, but he wasn’t one of the best of all-time at his position – those four players are, no disputing that one.

    Niners Forever!!!

  61. kvaldo1 says: May 13, 2013 11:54 AM

    Make this a players only monument, owner’s and coaches don’t play the game. With that being said,

    Montana
    Rice
    Lott
    Craig

  62. lionsninersfan says: May 13, 2013 11:56 AM

    I can’t believe ppl have said jj Stokes lmao! I mean its jj Stokes lmao! Jj Stokes over terrel Owens lmfao! I mean who would you rather have on your team in their prime Stokes or Owens? Gotta be Owens hands down, did Stokes even make a pro bowl or have a 1000 yard season? Did he even break a 1000 for his career? I should of seen Taylor mentioned before Stokes lol. I always wanted to visit San Fran, but not anymore cuz apparently theres a crack epidemic there, i mean Stokes over Owens and Taylor roflmao!

  63. citynative says: May 13, 2013 11:59 AM

    Montana, Rice, Bill Walsh, Eddie D

  64. theysone says: May 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    Montana, Rice, Lott, and the last spot would need to be chosen between…Leo Nomellini, Joe Perry, YA Tittle, Bob St. Clair, Jimmy Johnson, John Brodie, Steve Young, Frank Gore, Dwight Clark, John Taylor, Bryant Young, and Roger Craig.

    And that’s just players, no coaches or execs.

  65. discosucs2005 says: May 13, 2013 12:26 PM

    Jerry Rice, Montana, Gore, Andy lee

  66. 49erboy says: May 13, 2013 12:40 PM

    1.

    1. Renaldo Nehemiah
    2. Reggie McGrew
    3. Glenn Coffee
    4a. Rashaun Woods
    4b. Antonio Langham
    4c. Dennis Erickson / Terry Donahue

  67. bearflagfan says: May 13, 2013 12:41 PM

    The Falcons only have two legit nominea. Maybe the 49ers should trade for 2 slots on Atlanta’s Mt. Rushmore in exchange for a monument to be named later.

    Otherwise in order: Montana, Rice, Young, Walsh, DeBartolo, Brodie.

  68. granadafan says: May 13, 2013 12:44 PM

    Besides the obvious and clear winners of Montana, Rice, Young, Lott, I’ll include
    Leo Nomellini (Hall of Fame)
    Bob St. Clair (Hall of Fame)
    Jimmy Johnson
    Fred Dean
    Tittle
    Brodie
    Hugh McElhenny
    RC Owens (Alley Oop pass/catch)!
    Joe Perry
    John Henry Johnson
    Gene Washington
    Randy Cross
    Dwight Clark for The Catch
    Ray Wersching
    Jack “Hacksaw” Reynolds
    Jim Stuckey
    Roger Craig
    Frank Gore
    John Taylor
    Etc, etc, etc

  69. crf4dan says: May 13, 2013 12:45 PM

    Joe Montana
    Bill Walsh
    Jerry Rice
    Steve Young

  70. logicalrob says: May 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    it is easy…

    montana – best qb ever
    rice – best wr ever
    walsh – best head coach ever
    debartolo – architect of it all….

  71. arrowmint says: May 13, 2013 12:54 PM

    Walsh, Montana, Rice, Lott. Eddie D. and Steve Y are runner-ups, as are some of the classics like Joe Perry and Jimmy Johnson.

    Basically the whole HOF class should be enshrined in their individual, mammoth sized Jefferson Monuments as you gradually walk up the road towards the Mount Rushmore of SF.

  72. John says: May 13, 2013 12:56 PM

    1. Rice, best receiver of all time
    2. Walsh, best coach of all time
    3. Montana, the antithesis of Tony Romo and best QB of all time
    4. Eddie D, best owner of all time

    HM: the Youngs (Steve and Bryant), Lott, Willis, Gore, Perry, Tittle, Craig

    As for the Mt. Rushmore Hall of Shame…
    1. Cody Pickett, started and lost two games in 2005 (his last game against the NY Giants he completed 1 of 13 passes for 28 yards with one INT and no touchdowns.)
    2. The Preacher Mike Singletary
    3. Terrell Owens
    4. Kwame Harris (not because he’s gay, but because he really, really sucked.)

    PS there isn’t gonna be room if Kap continues the way he’s going

  73. thesteelers says: May 13, 2013 1:01 PM

    You think the 49ers need a bigger Mt. Rushmore? Check out the legacy of Steeler Nation.

    #Historic
    #yourejealous

  74. asimonetti88 says: May 13, 2013 1:02 PM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Bill Walsh
    Eddie D

    to keep it to 4.

    but here are other nominees:

    Steve Young
    Ronnie Lott
    John Brodie
    RC Owens
    Roger Craig
    Merton Hanks (not as much for his play as his Chicken Walk haha)
    Frank Gore

  75. stairwayto7 says: May 13, 2013 1:04 PM

    Drunkenmiller, T.Streets, Singletary and Pickett!

  76. jdphx says: May 13, 2013 1:14 PM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott
    Steve Young

  77. sanfransuperfan says: May 13, 2013 1:20 PM

    Montana
    Rice
    Lott
    Gore

  78. rice4life says: May 13, 2013 1:20 PM

    Eddie D.
    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice

    H.M.

    S. Young
    Tittle
    Lott
    Perry

    Good enough to be on other teams Rushmore (other than the H.M. list)

    Craig
    Gore (I know he still plays, but he owns the team record for all time rusher)
    J. Taylor
    B. Young
    Dean
    Brodie

  79. alwaysa49er says: May 13, 2013 1:59 PM

    This is kinda easy.

    1)Joe Montana
    2)Ronnie Lott
    3) Bill Walsh
    4) Eddie D

    The best offensive and defensive player of 49er history best coach and the “ONLY” owner should be on the wall period!!!

  80. veriskye1123 says: May 13, 2013 2:19 PM

    I get they have a lot of greats. Montana, Rice, Young, Lott. are clinchers.

    Not one has mentioned Brent Jones. Almost no mentioned of Charles Haley. They at least deserve to be mentioned with all the rest of these guys people are naming.

  81. dgoens3109 says: May 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    How could anyone read my JJ Stokes post and think for a second that I was serious?

  82. bobhk says: May 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    Seahawks Mt. Rushmore is a small ant hill :)

  83. tpa43 says: May 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Jerry Rice
    Joe Montana
    Joe Perry
    Ronnie Lott

  84. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 13, 2013 3:00 PM

    Joe Montana
    Bill Walsh
    Jerry Rice
    Steve Young

    Hon. Mentions:

    Ronnie Lott
    Y. A. Tittle
    Eddie DeBartolo

  85. jbniner says: May 13, 2013 3:15 PM

    Incredibly hard, but here they are -

    DeBartolo – Set the tone for everything the franchise would become. Hired Walsh.

    Walsh – Instrumental in the creation of offensive concepts still widely used by teams at all levels of football today. Turned out future HOF’s and pro bowlers at a variety of positions.

    Montana – Certainly the greatest QB of his generation, arguably the best of all time.

    Rice – Greatest receiver to play the game, arguably the games greatest player.

  86. nofrets66 says: May 13, 2013 3:18 PM

    Walsh, Montana, Rice = Jefferson, Washington, Lincoln

    For Teddy Roosevelt? It’s way too early, but I sure think Jim Harbaugh might fill that spot nicely.

  87. laredo9er says: May 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    Montana, Rice, Walsh and Young but not Steve ! Bryant Young !! So far best defensive linemen ever played with the 49ers close 2nd Justin smith !

  88. sfniners4life says: May 13, 2013 4:07 PM

    Rice, joe, young, Lott.
    Other consideration
    Gore, Willis, Eddie, Walsh, Bryant young, Haley

  89. sfniners4life says: May 13, 2013 4:10 PM

    Rest of NFC west would be Faulk, Bruce, holt for rams. Cards didn’t they have don Hutson cause he the only one I would consider. Lol and Seahawks umm…..Ricky waters or bosworlth lol

  90. whatevnfl says: May 13, 2013 4:31 PM

    Harbaalke

  91. jwag777 says: May 13, 2013 4:44 PM

    Montana, Rice, Lott, Walsh. No way Young. I’d pick Brodie over him!

  92. sonoco says: May 13, 2013 5:11 PM

    Any Rushmore that can exclude Ronnie Lott and Steve Young without much argument should definitely be bigger.

  93. pmangarola says: May 13, 2013 5:22 PM

    Joe Montana
    jerry rice
    bill Walsh
    Ronnie lott
    honorable mention: Steve young Terrell Owens( just because of that catch)

  94. justincorrect says: May 13, 2013 5:31 PM

    Also, Hall of Shame:

    Dennis Erickson
    Jim Druckenmiller
    Lawrence Phillips
    JJ Stokes (only because the pick we traded to get him was eventually used to get Ray freaking Lewis)

  95. waylander2772 says: May 13, 2013 6:09 PM

    I am going to play devil’s advocate… and probably make some 49ers fans angry. Statistically, didn’t the 49ers win more games under Seiffert (108) than Walsh (102) in fewer years? And didn’t they have their best statistical seasons with Young at QB? Would we consider Young the best QB of all time if he had not had the unfortunate timing of playing the prime of his career for a team in the same conference as the 90′s Dallas Cowboys and Packers? Didn’t Jerry Rice have his best years with Steve Young throwing him the ball? Is it really that cut and dry that the Walsh/Montana teams were that far superior to the Seiffert/Young ones?

  96. discosucs2005 says: May 13, 2013 6:49 PM

    Oh come on, no one else thinks Andy Lee deserves a few votes? If it weren’t for Rice you could argue he’s the best 49er at his position all time.

    I seriously do think Gore should get some more consideration. I’m sure in a decade it’ll be tough but I think it’s too early to include Harbaugh; I’d give the nod to Seifert (who won two Super Bowls).

  97. drcap says: May 13, 2013 7:05 PM

    Montana
    Rice
    Lott
    Walsh

  98. jjljr says: May 13, 2013 7:29 PM

    Montana & Rice aren’t just the two greatest 49ers; they’re two of the ten-best (five best?) players at any position … their inclusions are easy and obvious.

    if non-players aren’t eligible, then the other two selections are clearly Lott and Young — with apologies to the other half-dozen former 49er HOF-ers and near HOF-ers. (and, no T.O. isn’t even close here)

    if non-players are eligible, then Walsh has to be in. Eddie D merits consideration, but he just doesn’t rank with Lott and Young … and I’d probably go with Young.

  99. wickedmadd says: May 13, 2013 8:04 PM

    Im amazed at how many people are responding to this one. But i have to agree without Eddie none of this happens, so as a 30= year fan i say
    Debartolo
    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice
    In that order. No better owner, no better Coach no better Qb and absolutely no better WR. How hard is that?

  100. Chris Richardson says: May 13, 2013 8:35 PM

    Walsh, Rice, Montana, Lott. In that order.

  101. shkz4 says: May 13, 2013 10:44 PM

    Eddie D, Walsh, Montana, Rice, Young, Little, Craig, Lott, Dwight, Seifert, Willis, Gore (yeah).

  102. hess97 says: May 13, 2013 11:08 PM

    players:

    Montana
    Rice
    Lott
    Bryant Young

    HM

    Steve Young
    Aldon Smith
    Justin Smith
    Charles Haley
    Roger Craig
    Tom Rathman
    Fred Dean
    Frank Gore
    Garrison Hearst
    John Taylor
    Patrick Willis
    Navorro Bowman
    Joe Perry
    Bob St Clair
    Leo Nomellini

  103. dirtyharry44 says: May 14, 2013 12:28 AM

    John Brodie
    Dave Wilcox
    Cedrick Hardman
    Charlie Krueger

  104. 4t9er says: May 14, 2013 1:11 AM

    Easy:
    Bill Walsh:The Innovator.
    Joe Montana: The QB.
    Jerry Rice: GOAT.
    Steve Young: Sustained the Dynasty.
    Honorable Mentions:Lott,Debartolo,Brodie,St. Clair.

  105. cmeyer49er says: May 14, 2013 1:50 AM

    Hugh McElhenny and Leo Nomellini are barely mentioned in the comments, making this a worthless exercise. I’m guessing Joe Perry is mentioned only because folks recall his name from when Gore passed him as the franchise’s all-time rusher. They may not be in the franchise’s top four, but they should be in the conversation.

    The Niners had HOF’ers and innovators way before The Catch, and they should be represented somehow. SF played football in eight decades, not just the 80s and 90s.

    Props to the guy that included Paul Hofer on the all-hustle squad.

    That said, players only: Montana, Rice, Young, Brodie

    But really, the Niners should be able to carve out a couple more mountains from the leftovers of at least half of the other franchises in the league without scratching past the surface of their own all-time greats.

  106. ninerssince84 says: May 14, 2013 3:28 AM

    Rice, Young, Walsh, Montana.

  107. bcgreg says: May 14, 2013 9:30 AM

    Walsh, Montana, Rice, McElhenney

  108. michael7420 says: May 14, 2013 10:24 AM

    You got to go with the Founding Fathers that put the 49ers on the map.

    Eddie DeBartolo
    Bill Walsh
    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice

    With Ronnie Lott and Steve Young as runners up. Those four are in the conversation when you are talking greatest of all time in there respective positions within the organization.

  109. alguzman49ers says: May 14, 2013 11:17 AM

    Eddie D.
    Bill Walsh
    Jerry Rice
    Joe Montana

    Honorable Mentions to:
    Pat Willis
    Frank Gore
    Ronnie Lott
    Joe Perry
    Steve Young

  110. hess97 says: May 14, 2013 11:26 AM

    no question should be in Canton:

    Bryant Young ( i once saw this guy break a triple team to get a sack. thats how good he was, and how little help he had along his line most of his career)

    Roger Craig ( first and only 1 of 2 1k/1k guys….completely dominated Miami in SB 19…fumble against nyg shouldnt rob him of a yellow jacket)

    Tom Rathman ( this was SF’s do it all back…put on the tape of super bowl 24, and see it was rathman’s show as much as anybody)

    john taylor ( this guy could havebeen the second best wr in the league if he didnt line up in Rice’s offense. Stallworth and Swann are in the hall. Makes no sense JT isn’t)

    Charles Haley ( most rings of any player)

  111. bmfwest says: May 14, 2013 11:41 AM

    first, niners fan since 1977 here.

    second, u cant put non players on the list, sorry.

    1. Montana
    2. Rice
    3. Lott
    4. Young

    Non player list:
    5. Walsh
    6. Eddie D.

    did someone actually put JJ Stokes up for nomination? lol how about Terrence Flagler then?

  112. lakermetskins says: May 14, 2013 3:47 PM

    Mike Rumph
    Giovanni Carmazzi
    Jim Druckenmiller
    Coach Erikson

  113. thesmedman says: May 14, 2013 6:45 PM

    Brodie, Montana, Rice, Jones

  114. smartman415 says: May 15, 2013 7:15 AM

    Eddie DeBartolo, with out him and his willingness to reach into his pockets we would have never witnessed those great teams. He payed big bucks and as a result it made his “good” players “great” players…..and if hes not going to get the H.O.F lats give him this please

  115. marcg1957 says: May 16, 2013 7:43 AM

    We all agree on the following:
    Debartolo
    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice

    Honorable mentions in no particular order:
    Lott, Taylor, Rathman, Steve Young, Roger Craig, Deion Sanders & Merton
    Hanks (with both of them in the secondary 49ers were unbeatable), Dwight
    Clark, Patrick Willis & Frank Gore (with a few more successful seasons),
    Bryant Young

  116. schley2020 says: May 16, 2013 10:54 AM

    What are some of you people smoking?

    Stop trying to be unique your 4 are obvious

    Montana
    Walsh
    Young
    Rice

    Yes Lott was great, Young was good, but really? Debartolo?

  117. badkarma56 says: May 16, 2013 5:21 PM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Steve Young
    Bill Walsh

  118. cing73 says: May 16, 2013 8:56 PM

    Joe Montana, Jerry Rice , Ronnie Lott, Bill Walsh

  119. jiveturkeygobbler says: May 16, 2013 10:00 PM

    Crafty Joe Montana
    The Greatest Jerry Rice
    Steve Young The Warrior
    Bill Walsh The Genius

    I feel bad for the generations who didn’t get to watch those guys.

    I have a feeling in years it will be almost impossible to pick only four guys from this franchise. It may be almost impossible to pick only four guys from this current roster.

  120. famousphil49 says: May 16, 2013 10:23 PM

    Eddie D,joe Montana , bill Walsh , Jerry rice.

  121. stompuout says: May 16, 2013 11:01 PM

    YA Tittle, Bill Walsh, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice

  122. kevin7777777 says: May 16, 2013 11:34 PM

    Joe Montana, Bill Walsh, Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott. Honorable Mention- Steve Young, Roger Craig, Patrick Willis

  123. joe400e says: May 17, 2013 2:19 AM

    I’ll go with Walsh, Eddie, Joe and Ronnie who were there from the beginning.

  124. peachyc39 says: May 17, 2013 8:40 AM

    Montana, Rice, Eddie D, and Walsh, and Young I must have 5….lol

  125. 4t9er says: May 17, 2013 9:13 AM

    A lot of hate coming from you know where.

  126. 3lmt says: May 17, 2013 9:58 AM

    It’s really easy…and this is from a non-niners fan:

    Montana (best QB ever)
    Rice (best WR ever)
    Bill Walsh
    Eddie DiBartolo

    Steve Young, while a great QB, could not displace any of these on the above list. Plus, I’ll always think of him as Montana’s incredibly talented back-up.

  127. The Prophet says: May 17, 2013 10:12 AM

    I can’t believe anyone would vote for any of the scumbag Mafia connected owners or management first of all …

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Bill Walsh
    Ronnie Lott

    These are the top 4 icons of this org and edge out Steve Young (sorry)

  128. ctiggs says: May 17, 2013 2:59 PM

    As a Diehard Niner fan, i will go with players, but we all know Eddie D and Walsh deserve it as well.

    Montana

    Rice

    Lott

    young

  129. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: May 17, 2013 5:22 PM

    What, no Tai Streets? No Clark? Seifert was a Superbowl coach!! By no means were the niners the only incredibly talented team back then, but really could leave a bunch of people scratching their heads!!

  130. thejimthorpejamsession says: May 17, 2013 7:32 PM

    The Core Four:

    Bill Walsh
    Jerry Rice
    Joe Montana
    Steve Young

    Honorable Mentions:

    I’ll say Ronnie Lott, but past there, there’s too many.

  131. evilglazers666 says: May 18, 2013 8:22 AM

    Joe Perry

  132. notthesicko says: May 18, 2013 7:12 PM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott
    Bill Walsh

  133. pec2b says: May 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    Gatta be Steve Young!
    Second-Highest Passer Rating, Career – 96.8[6]
    Highest Passer Rating, Career, Retired Players – 96.8[6]
    Most Rushing Touchdowns by a QB, Career – 43[7]
    Most Passing Titles, Career – 6 (tied w/Sammy Baugh)[6]
    Most Consecutive Passing Titles – 4 (1991–94)[6]
    Most Seasons With a Passer Rating Over 100, Career – 6 (1991–94, 1997–98)[8]
    One of only 4 QB’s to lead the league in touchdown passes 4 times (tied w/Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, and Len Dawson)[6]
    Most Passes Attempted, Playoff Game – 65 vs. Green Bay, 1995[9]
    Most TD Passes, Playoff Game – 6 (tied w/Daryle Lamonica & Tom Brady)[9]
    Most TD Passes in one Super Bowl – 6[10]
    Most Rushing Yards by a QB, Postseason Career – 594[11]
    Most Rushing Touchdowns by a QB, Postseason Career – 8[11]
    Second most career passing yards amongst left-handed QB’s (behind Boomer Esiason).
    First Super Bowl MVP to be the leading QB and leading rusher in a Super Bowl. (Rushed for 49 yards)

  134. pec2b says: May 18, 2013 9:00 PM

    Gotta be Steve Young!
    Second-Highest Passer Rating, Career – 96.8[6]
    Highest Passer Rating, Career, Retired Players – 96.8[6]
    Most Rushing Touchdowns by a QB, Career – 43[7]
    Most Passing Titles, Career – 6 (tied w/Sammy Baugh)[6]
    Most Consecutive Passing Titles – 4 (1991–94)[6]
    Most Seasons With a Passer Rating Over 100, Career – 6 (1991–94, 1997–98)[8]
    One of only 4 QB’s to lead the league in touchdown passes 4 times (tied w/Johnny Unitas, Brett Favre, and Len Dawson)[6]
    Most Passes Attempted, Playoff Game – 65 vs. Green Bay, 1995[9]
    Most TD Passes, Playoff Game – 6 (tied w/Daryle Lamonica & Tom Brady)[9]
    Most TD Passes in one Super Bowl – 6[10]
    Most Rushing Yards by a QB, Postseason Career – 594[11]
    Most Rushing Touchdowns by a QB, Postseason Career – 8[11]
    Second most career passing yards amongst left-handed QB’s (behind Boomer Esiason).
    First Super Bowl MVP to be the leading QB and leading rusher in a Super Bowl. (Rushed for 49 yards)

  135. bloodtyperedngold says: May 20, 2013 12:16 AM

    Anyone that doesn’t have Eddie D on their Niners Mt. Rushmore grew up rooting for the Niners late 90′s and beyond. You can’t leave out the architect of our Golden Years. Without him we don’t have Walsh, Montana, Rice, 5 Super Bowl Titles, team of the 80′s, etc.. Without Eddie D we don’t have any of this plain and simple! I created an account just to educate the newer Niner fans.

  136. bloodtyperedngold says: May 20, 2013 12:18 AM

    Eddie D.
    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice

    If its only four that’s it.

  137. larryboodry says: May 20, 2013 4:46 PM

    Montana
    Rice
    Young
    Lott

  138. jonato7 says: May 20, 2013 9:27 PM

    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice
    Young

  139. 4ever9er says: May 21, 2013 9:27 AM

    Unless I can have 5 on the 9er Mt. Rushmore here are my picks and why:

    Joe Montana (Top 3 QB of all time)
    Jerry Rice (#1 Receiver/Player of all time)
    Ronnie Lott (Top 5 DB of all time)
    Bill Walsh (Top 3 Coach of all time)

    Honorable Mention:
    Eddie DeBartolo (Top 5 Owner of all time)

    While Clark, Craig, Young, Perry, Johnson, Soltau, McElhenny, *Willis, St. Clair, Nomonelli, Owens, and Haley are or should be HOFers someday, they are not in the top 5 all time.

    *Willis could be, but the statue will have already been built by the time that’s determined.

  140. carboni209 says: May 21, 2013 3:50 PM

    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice
    Young

    Then call it DeBartolo’s 49er Mountain.

  141. mikegilbert83 says: May 24, 2013 11:18 AM

    Bill Walsh
    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott

  142. eljara says: May 27, 2013 3:03 PM

    Bill Walsh
    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Ronnie Lott

  143. kcsmashmouth says: May 27, 2013 8:47 PM

    Joe Montana
    Jerry Rice
    Bill Walsh
    Ronnie Lott

  144. stevedee2013 says: May 29, 2013 5:26 PM

    Jerry Rice
    Joe Montana
    Ronnie Lott
    Bill Walsh

  145. ksranum says: Jun 4, 2013 11:03 AM

    Rice
    Young
    Montana
    Walsh

  146. droyer85 says: Jun 5, 2013 1:41 PM

    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice
    Lott

  147. blssdmf1968 says: Jun 6, 2013 11:44 AM

    Walsh
    Montana
    Rice
    Dwight Clark….he made the biggest catch in team history.

  148. fireandice51 says: Jun 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    Rice- The greatest receiver of ALL time, arguably the best Player of all time

    Montana- Arguably the best QB of all time, Never lost a SB, Never threw an interception in one

    Ronnie Lot- Receivers STILL shudder to think of having to play against him.

    Joe Perry- The magic man at Running Back. Only the time frame stops him from getting the credit he deserves.

    HM
    Walsh
    DeBartolo
    Frank Gore
    John Taylor
    Barry Sanders

  149. twmp420 says: Jun 11, 2013 10:03 PM

    Montana,Young,Rice and Gore.

    Coaches should be on their own list.

    Not having Lott on the list you are going with all offensive players.

    But Gore had less to work with that Lott.

    The other three are a lock..sorry YA Tittle.

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