Now that we've got our first cornerback position in Jimmy Johnson, let's take care of the #2 position. As I said, Primetime has been added to the list. Reasons for that are included in his brief bio. And once again, we've left out Ronnie Lott because I feel he is best remembered as a safety.
Deion Sanders (1994): As previously mentioned, Deion Sanders did only play one year, which is why he was not up for the vote for the #1 cornerback position. However, Deion's single season with the 49ers was one of the most dominant in franchise history and it was arguably his best season as a pro. Deion was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the only time in his career and he was the definition of shutdown corner. He had 6 INTs, half of which were returned for touchdowns and his return yardage on the interceptions was the highest of his career. Maybe he wasn't a tackling CB, but when teams are avoiding your half of the field most of the game, you don't need to be a tackler.
Kermit Alexander (1963-1969): Alexander spent seven seasons with the 49ers amassing an impressive 36 interceptions, a rate of just over 5 per season. As impressive is that he came out of college as a running back and was the outstanding offensive player at the Hula Bowl. Mix in some quality kick and punt return stats and you've got one heck of a player. Also, just noticed he recovered 23 fumbles in his career. Nothing on Johnson for that, but Alexander is the franchise leader there by a safe margin.
Lowell Wagner (1949-1953): Wagner was with the team in its last year in the All-America Football Conference and then the first four years in the NFL. Although the team struggled a bit early on, Wagner was a highlight, snagging 31 interceptions in just five full season with the team.
Eric Wright (1981-1990): No vote would be complete without Wright. While not a ball hawk like some of these other guys (7 of his 18 career INTs came in a single season), Wright was a very solid corner who is on the short list of 4-time Super Bowl winners.
Don Griffin (1986-1993): I'll be honest, I don't remember a whole heck of a lot about Griffin. He is 9th on the 49ers INT list and was the successor to Eric Wright at right CB, and a fitting successor he ended up being.
Who should be our all-time #2 CB?
Deion Sanders (148 votes)
Kermit Alexander (23 votes)
Lowell Wagner (2 votes)
Eric Wright (173 votes)
Don Griffin (15 votes)
361 total votes