The San Francisco 49ers kick off the 2015 NFL regular season on Monday Night Football, on September 14. That game means San Francisco is now a mere 65 days away from kicking off its 2015 regular season. In the spirit of that approaching date, I thought I would steal this idea from our Oakland Raiders site.
Who wore it best: OL Ray Brown (1996-2001)
The 49ers have not had many big names wear the number 65. The best name prior to the Bill Walsh era was probably Randy Beisler. He joined the 49ers as a free agent in 1969, and departed after the 1974 season. However, Ray Brown deserves the nod from this group.
Brown joined the 49ers in 1996, already 34 years old. He managed six seasons with the team, earning a Pro Bowl nod at 39 in his final season. He would play another four years, starting all 32 games with Detroit, and then playing on and off his final two seasons with Washington. It was with Washington that he became one of the oldest players to start a playoff game, at 43 years of age. He would later spend a year as the 49ers assistant offensive line coach in 2010. He went on to assist the Carolina Panthers offensive line coach, where he remains today.
Who wears it now: DL Garrison Smith (2014-present)
The 49ers first signed Garrison Smith to the practice squad for Week 17 of last season. He had previously signed as an undrafted free agent with the Miami Dolphins, and spent some time on their practice squad and the New Orleans Saints practice squad. After the season concluded, he signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers. He is a long-shot to make the roster, but will likely compete for a practice squad spot. I posted some scouting reports on Smith HERE.