Current, future 49ers will have a hard time crashing their Mt. Rushmore

Getty Images

For more than a few teams, it’s been difficult to carve out a four-man Mt. Rushmore. For the 49ers, it doesn’t get much easier.

The four choices were so clear and obvious that it’ll take a lot for any current or future 49ers player, coach, owner, or executive to take a spot.

Pro Football Talk and PFT Planet agree. The winners as announced Thursday on NBCSN are Walsh, Montana, Rice, and Lott. (Does anyone really need their first names?)

Montana appeared on 100 percent of the ballots.  Rice somehow showed up on only 96 percent.  (Four percent of you are nuts.)  Walsh was on 80 percent of the ballots, and Lott showed up on 52 percent.

The vote was so lopsided that seven of the finalists finished with less than 10 percent of the vote, and six were south of five percent.

The presentation of the four winners came with one caveat. Former NFL linebacker Pete Najarian made a strong case for Leo Nomellini to replace Lott. Nomellini, however, didn’t resonate with the voters, getting a Blutarski-esque zero percent of the vote.

23 responses to “Current, future 49ers will have a hard time crashing their Mt. Rushmore

  1. I think the problem here was that it was limited to 4 guys…..we all know the 49ers(and only the 49ers) “Mt. Rushmore” deserves at least 6.

  2. The Seahawks should just donate the space. We all know they can’t even fill even 3 let alone all 5

  3. I must be the only one who actually did vote for Nomellini over Lott. Nomellini was an all-pro on both sides of the ball, was the 49ers first draft choice ever, was on the NFL’s all-time team at DT, and a professional wrestler. He’s also a 9-time All-Pro and 10-time Pro Bowler. While Lott was certainly great in his own right, the 49ers’ Rushmore needs to have someone else from another era. That would be like putting Jordan, Pippen, Jackson, and Rodman on the Chicago Bulls Mount Rushmore and leaving off Jerry Sloan.

  4. Eddie D took a chance and hired Walsh who was black balled in the league by Paul Brown. Then he had the sense to stay out if the way and let Coach Walsh work his magic. Eddie D in place of Lott; love ya Ronnie, but it Eddie was the catalyst for the glory days.

  5. Jayniner –

    I think you’re letting your bias get in the way of common sense. The 49ers would definitely be a franchise to deserve more than 4 people, but they wouldn’t be the only team. The Steelers and the Cowboys (in addition to the Niners) are probably the only other teams you could argue deserve more than the allowed 4 people. Possibly the Packers too, but the 3 teams mentioned above are probably the most difficult to narrow down to 4.

  6. I think Patrick Willis could make a case if he keeps playing the way he does. Unfortunately, he might need a ring or two considering the 4 up there right now.

  7. Largent = Rice’s Hero
    Easley = Lott already said he was better than him.
    Montana = System QB
    Walsh = Dead just like his 49ers

    Seahawks FTW

    49ers are just another Seahawk victim

  8. Two out of the four would be guaranteed on any mt rushmore (Montana and Rice). That makes it hard to pick the other two.

  9. hendeeze,

    it’s better to stay quiet and be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt. it’s not 5. it’s 4 son. this is your teams Mr. Rushmore thread and your bringing up my Hawks. you are sweating aren’t you?

    as a die hard Hawks fan, this pains me to say, bit the FortyWhiners are one of a select few franchises that easily could / should have a second mt. rushmore. you can’t argue with the selections on this, but Leo, Steve Young, hell George Seifert could have a decent case made for him. The Whiners are steeped in history.

    go hawks

  10. I hate the Niners but I think there is definitely a case to make for old timers like Joe Perry and Bob St. Clair. It’s not necessarily representative of the franchise’s long history to only include men from one era. That said, I don’t know which of the four you could make a case for dropping.

  11. When a team so utterly dominates a decade like the 1980s 49ers, they rightfully dominate that team’s Mt Rushmore (but of course it’s hard not to feel for Steve Young, whose greatness seems destined to be forever overshadowed by the 1980s 49ers).

  12. jayniner says:
    Jun 13, 2013 10:42 PM
    I think the problem here was that it was limited to 4 guys…..we all know the 49ers(and only the 49ers) “Mt. Rushmore” deserves at least 6.

    =============================

    Right. By that logic the Steelers & Bears need at least 8, and the Packers deserve at least 12.

  13. Can’t argue with this list…this is the mt.rushmores of rushmores(can’t believe I typed that word twice in a sentence)…anywho…think about it gents…Lott, top 2 or 3 at his position regardless of how much you hate or love him…Montana, tops at his position, he was the michael jordan of qb’s, always clutch, perfect in the big game, a charismatic leader….Rice, there is no argument here even from a Sea Gull fan, the undisputed King…and Walsh, bouyed by his recent ESPN ranking as what, the 2nd best coach behind only the great Lombardi…this list is impenetrable….kudos to that guy for making a case for Nomellini who unfortunately did superhuman at less than glamorous positions, thus his lack of marketing/pub

  14. zengreaser says: Jun 13, 2013 11:55 PM

    Jayniner –

    I think you’re letting your bias get in the way of common sense. The 49ers would definitely be a franchise to deserve more than 4 people, but they wouldn’t be the only team. The Steelers and the Cowboys (in addition to the Niners) are probably the only other teams you could argue deserve more than the allowed 4 people. Possibly the Packers too, but the 3 teams mentioned above are probably the most difficult to narrow down to 4.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    The original comment, as is with most comments on PFT articles, was meant to be taken with a little humor. If we were all professional analysts, we would be writing these articles, not commenting on them.

    We all know there are have been MANY great players and teams deserving of the same…….but I’m a Niners fan and had to show some bias…..

    Should I have put an LOL or 🙂 or XD after my original comment?

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!