And it's not even hyperbole...well not really. Considering we're reaching the end of 2009, it's not shocking that folks are putting together all-decade lists. I'm working on some of those lists for Niners Nation, although I'll be posting them once the season is over. In the meantime, the Internet is loaded with a variety of all-decade teams.
Over at Yahoo! Sports, Dr. Saturday provides in-depth college football analysis. He actually used to write for SB Nation at Sunday Morning QB, but has since moved on to Yahoo. This week he posted his college all-decade teams and the 49ers have two names on the list, one on offense and one on defense: Michael Crabtree and Patrick Willis.
'06 Butkus winner led the SEC in total tackles two years in a row and was the league's defensive player of the year as a senior opposite the conference's worst offense.
Redshirted, incredibly, then broke out with an absurd 134-catch, 1,962-yard, 22-touchdown effort that smashed every freshman record in 2007, then followed that up with a mere 97-catch, 19-touchdown season in 2008 that included the biggest play in Texas Tech history to knock off No. 1 Texas at the last second.
I think it's safe to say Bamm Bamm will be making his way onto some of our all-time lists in the coming weeks. Crabtree doesn't have enough time under his belt for many of the lists, but we might be able to sneak him on to a lists.