As a 49er fan, we really love our players. Though we may get upset with them at times, we root for them and hope they do great things. When ranking players we are bias to rank our own players higher than they would typically be, especially if they do other things for the team that does not show on the stat sheet like leadership, humor, and answering our tweets. So who is the fan favorite?
Frank Gore: The workhorse that has carried us for many seasons and gave us the national spotlight. He is a fantasy favorite every year and completely takes care of the offense. Frank the Tank plays big and has been the entire focus of the last regime. His injuries have hurt him and he does not do too many advertisements.
Patrick Willis: The face of the franchise, Patrick is our superstar. He is seen everywhere from shoe commercials to the Sunday Ticket promotions on DirectTV. Regarded as one of the best defensive players, he rarely misses a game and can be spotted with his club hand. He is very humble and hard-working.
Vernon Davis: Vernon has never been shy to show he is emotional. He is very vocal and the team's TMZ representative. For all of his antics, he has been great off the field. He burst onto the national scene with two big seasons, last year's being a record setting year, to show that he will mature and get work done. He may be a bit too vocal for some and his on-field dances during critical situations may be a turnoff.
Justin Smith: This guy has been great since the day we got him. Many doubted the 4-3 end would transition into a 3-4 DE, instead he became on of the best at it. He has a high motor and he is often seen sacking the quarterback with two men grasping at his jersey. He has had the thankless task of swallowing men whole so that the linebackers can work. Apparently he has a violent temper as seen when he brushed his hand on a referee that was trying to fight him.
Andy Lee: The inside joke on NinersNation, Lee didn't get that by being bad. Some may consider him the best 49er in regards to him against others of his profession. For a long time the only way SF would win was by amazing special teams and this guy did his part. A bit of an off year may hurt him as the fan favorite.
Takeo Spikes: We wanted to get to the playoffs so badly not for our own drought, but for his. Spikes has been a great player in the NFL for years and had a bit of a resurrection in San Fran. The big brother to Willis has been a perfect complement. If nothing else, his wardrobe and celebration dance has gotten him some well deserved attention.