First off, heartiest congratulations to our All-Time Punter, Andy Lee, who absolutely ran away with the victory, getting 81% of the vote. I think it's safe to say that Andy Lee will end his time with the 49ers as the all-time leading punter and a fan favorite.
When I was trying to decide what position to go with next, I initially was thinking something safe and non-controversial, like an offensive lineman or maybe a linebacker position or even just declaring Jerry Rice or Ronnie Lott at WR and FS. Then I thought better of that and decided, let's get controversial and mix it up a little. When you think of the 49ers, Joe Montana is certainly one of the guys you automatically think of. he won Super Bowl titles while earning a clutch reputation that endures to this day. On the other hand, Steve Young brought some sizzle that moves him to the front of the list for some folks. People are quick to forget greats like Y.A. Tittle and John Brodie who may not have won titles, but certainly made an imprint at the quarterback position. I'm not sure Tittle or Brodie will get many votes, but they certainly deserve consideration.
The plan is to go with a starting QB and a backup QB. I've decided to go with five options in this poll, with the four losing options then being revoted on for the backup position. I have a pretty good idea of how this vote will turn out, but I want to include all the potential options anyways.
Joe Montana (1979-1992): I could include absolutely nothing here and it wouldn't matter. Joe Montana was the face of the 49ers in the 80s as they went from perennial doormat to Team of the 80s. Montana stands #1 in franchise history in career passing yards, touchdowns, completions and of course Super Bowl rings. In polls of who you would want leading your team down with less than 2 minutes to go, most people take Montana. While he was surrounded by plenty of talent, he made the most of it and was a leader of his teams.
Steve Young (1987-1999): It's fitting that Young and Montana will be battling for the starting position. After years in Montana's shadow, Steve Young got the proverbial monkey off his back in 1994 with one of the greatest single seasons. Young finished his career with the greatest QB rating in NFL history. While he may not have had the sped of a Vick, Steve Young was one of the truly great rushing quarterbacks in NFL history. Combine that with uncanny accuracy and you're talking about an all-around threat rarely seen in NFL history.
John Brodie (1957-1973): Brodie finished his career third in the NFL in all-time passing yards and ranks as one of the greatest players NOT in the NFL Hall of Fame. Brodie ranks second in 49ers history in passing yards and third in touchdowns, while playing for plenty less than stellar teams.
Y.A. Tittle (1951-1960): While Tittle spent plenty of time in Baltimore and New York, his formative years came with the 49ers as a 4-time Pro Bowler. Considering the slowly developing passing game back in the day, 16,000+ yards in San Francisco is nothing to sneeze at.
Jeff Garcia (1999-2003): While we might all agree Jeff Garcia was not the greatest quarterback on straight numbers, he certainly ranks up there for what he did in spite of his shortcomings. Garcia was rescued from the CFL by Bill Walsh in one of his best moves since trading for Steve Young. Garcia was a 3-time pro Bowler in his five seasons and in spite of such a short tenure, he ranks 4th in franchise history for passing yards and fifth in passing touchdowns. While he was certainly not a scrambler the caliber of Steve Young, he was quite fleet of foot, which helped for his lack of traditional passing tools. And the fact that he had to put up with T.O. certainly counts for something.