Whether you’re a fan or not, there is no denying that the Niners are one of the most popular Football franchises of all times, and have had some of the greatest players ever to grace their ranks. I myself am a true Niners fan; my entire family is, so you will never hear anything but good stuff about the Bays hometown heroes
For those of you who don’t know much about the San Francisco 49ers, the franchise was first formed in 1946. And since then, the team has seen some of the most amazing wins in the history of the entire sport. The Niners have gone on to win five Super Bowl Championships. Four of these championships were won during the eighties with one of the most legendary teams of all time.
The players that I speak of were led by one of the most successful quarter backs of all time – this is of course Joe Montana. There was something about watching this team in action, from the wild and wonderful passes of Joe, to the spectacular capabilities of other greats such as Jerry Rice. Rice is easily considered one of the best wide receivers of all time. To add to this powerful starting lineup we also have to mention Roger Craig, who was easily one of the hardest hitting running backs of all times. And who can forget the likes of Ronnie Lott, one of the best cornerbacks in the years of 1981-1985, safety to 1985-1990, and free safety in 1990.
These players are just a handful of what arguably composed the best Football team in history. They had what can only be described as the magic touch, and even though there may be other players who have had better stats than some of these guys, there was a fluent motion in the way that these Super Bowl champions moved and worked together as one in order to carry them over all obstacles, and against insurmountable odds.
When talking about the 49ers there are other players and teams who have to be mentioned. Steve Young for example was one of the toughest quarterbacks to ever live. Suffering concussion after concussion, he never seemed to be affected and always pushed onward. It wasn’t uncommon to see Young running the ball for massive yards and often touchdowns. In many instances Steve Young would end up with more yards in rushing than the actual running backs would have accumulated in total. It was always a site to behold the small framed quarterback running the ball down field completely oblivious and unafraid of the dangerous tackles that most quarterbacks would shy from.
Young was just one of many amazing players who helped carry the Niners to the ninety four Super Bowl and take the championship. Some of the other awesome players who are of note to mentions, were Ricky Waters who was as quick and effective as a running back could be. Of course Jerry Rice was still on board helping to carry the 49ers to yet another championship, the only difference being with the help of Steve Young instead of Joe Montana. Bryant Young and Ken Norton were also two of the great players off of the 1994 49ers.
The San Francisco franchise has seen some of the best players in the history of the NFL. The 49ers are currently the third ranked team for the most Super Bowl Championships with a record of 5 wins and 1 loss. Making for one of the most successful teams in history and showing the world what is really possible when the right mindset is achieved.
In the recent years the 49ers have still been holding their own, and have been making it to the playoffs even though there have not been Super Bowl Wins in these years. The new starting lineup is led by Colin Kaepernick as quarterback, NaVorro Bowman as linebacker, Michael Crabtree as wide receiver, Frank Gore as running back, and Anquan Boldin as wide receiver. Though this team has yet to make it to the Super Bowl, there is always hope, and it can be said that they have some of the largest shoes to fill.
The City by the Bay is home to one of the most beloved sports teams in American history, and as such the fans are some of the most wild and dedicated the world over. The teams long lived home, Candlestick Park has been retired, and the 49ers now call Levis Stadium home. The stadium, found in Santa Clara, is said to be finished in time for the 2014 football season. The once glorious Candlestick, which sits right on San Francisco Bay has become dilapidated in the recent years. And although the fans will miss their old home, a new beginning is here for the California favorites.
The 49ers are true local heroes in the Bay Area, and are in constant rivalry with the other local franchise the Oakland Raiders. Hopefully though, the new season will prove to be the next charge to the Super Bowl. Many fans of the 49ers are hoping to see the new stadium give a new found energy and drive that will carry the team through the season and over any obstacle which surface. As far as this fan is concerned, 2014 is going to be the year that the San Francisco 49ers have their cake and eat it to.