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The Greatest #7 That Never Was

So I was bored and felt like looking up old 49ers' state lines from eons ago, and that's when I stumbled upon that other quarterback that wore the #7 for the red & gold, you know, before Colin Kaepernick was even born. Fellow 49er aficionados know exactly who I'm talking about: Mark Stevens. It all went down during the strike-shortened season of 1987, which featured replacement players all around the league.

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The relatively unknown Stevens had a menial college career at the University of Utah before playing in the Canadian Football League. With the NFL players' strike in 1987, an opportunity opened up for Stevens, and the legendary Bill Walsh used him to run the wishbone offense for a couple of games. He posted a couple of touchdowns and nearly 100 yards of total offense as a 'scab', but of course it wasn't meant to last.

I've no idea what happened to this guy after his stint in the NFL as information on the web is sparse, but here's a toast to the greatest #7 that never was: Mark Stevens.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Niners Nation's writers or editors.

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