When the 49ers introduced the newest iteration of their historic cherry red jerseys, I knew I was going to have to get one. I've got a throw-back Montana jersey so I want this new one to be a current player. The last current player jersey I bought? This one marked down to $30. Needless to say we haven't rolled that one out in a while.
This will actually be the first new jersey I've bought since starting Niners Nation, so I consider this a relatively important purchase. Accordingly, I'd like to get folks thoughts on potential options. I've included a list of some potential options with pros and cons, but feel free to throw out your own suggestions. And if somebody out there is trying to decide on a new 49ers jersey, this might be of some use.
#52 - Patrick Willis
PROs: This was the one of the first jersey ideas to pop to mind. Willis is a badass so it would certainly not be a poor choice. While it's still too early to declare him a Hall of Famer, he's certainly put together an impressive first two seasons.
CONs: It's too easy a choice. He's one of the most popular 49ers, and I think as a hard-core fan, it might be more fun with something a little more subtle. The other thing is that he hasn't been signed to an extension yet. We know it's going to happen, but paranoia has me thinking a Willis jersey purchase would somehow jinx things.
#21 - Frank Gore
PROs: As with Willis, Gore is awesome. Also, he already signed that first extension so there's a little less trepidation about him not being around long term.
CONs: And again, as with Willis, it's too easy a choice. Gore and Willis might be the two most popular 49ers and I just don't know if I want to be wearing the same jersey as everybody else.
#4 - Andy Lee
PROs: The dark horse candidate that was actually the first one I thought of when the new jerseys first came out. If I'm looking for the subtle, random jersey, can you do much better than #4? More importantly, he's an awesome punter and should actually surpass Tommy Davis as the 49ers all-time leader in gross yards. Finally, he's signed through 2012, so hopefully there's some stability there.
CONs: Well he is the punter, so it's a bit odd.
After the jump we continue the rundown of jersey options...
I've vowed never to buy a QB jersey again...at least a 49ers jersey. I'm tempted by Nate Davis, but it might be too soon to roll the dice on that one. Of course that would certainly be a bit subtle and random.
#74 - Joe Staley
PROs: A big fan favorite, but I suspect you wouldn't see a lot of Staley jerseys out on the streets. He also just signed an extension so he's gonna be around town for a while.
CONs: If somebody can answer me this I'd appreciate it, but do I need to be a bit bigger to rock an O-lineman jersey? I'm 5'9, 165 lbs so I'm not sure if I'm allowed to wear an offensive lineman jersey. I'm actually curious if there's a general philosophy on this.
#84 - Josh Morgan
PROs: Many of us have been on the Morgan bandwagon since last preseason so it'd be nice to show him a little love with a jersey. He's going to be starting this season and doesn't seem like an ego guy who would be gone too soon.
CONs: He hasn't signed a long term deal and he could end up being a tantalizer who never reaches his full potential. I think he'll reach his potential, but it sort of comes back to the whole jinxing thing. It's a crazy thought, but it's still something I think about.
#38 - Dashon Goldson
I see this as just about the same reasoning as the pros and cons of the Morgan jersey. One additional PRO is that it would certainly be a little more of a subtle purchase than many of these. One could argue it's even more so than an Andy Lee purchase. Hmmmm.....
#94 - Justin Smith
PROs: Smith is going to be around for a while and is clearly a good guy to be supporting.
CONs: Does the o-lineman philosophy apply to defensive linemen as well? I'd kind of prefer having a jersey of someone who's been with the 49ers from the beginning of their career. It's definitely a lot more difficult to do this in the current days of free agency and the salary cap.
#85 - Vernon Davis
I just don't see it happening. The Davis jersey purchase would have occurred at least a year or two ago.
#15 - Michael Crabtree
Yea, that's not happening anytime soon.
This is obviously not an exhaustive list, but I think it hits a lot of the big ones. There are plenty of other options (Heitmann, Haralson, Lawson, R. Smith, T. Brown, etc...). I've thrown up a poll to see where people's support falls. You can probably tell some of the options I'm leaning towards, but I'm curious to hear what people think about the subject.
What jersey should I purchase?
#52 - Patrick Willis (332 votes)
#21 - Frank Gore (104 votes)
#4 - Andy Lee (108 votes)
#13 - Shaun Hill (36 votes)
#7 - Nate Davis (156 votes)
#84 - Josh Morgan (163 votes)
#38 - Dashon Goldson (26 votes)
#74 - Joe Staley (64 votes)
#94 - Justin Smith (49 votes)
Other - please list in comments (53 votes)
1091 total votes