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 62 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 Guy McIntyre (1984-1993)
This was not a tough one, although the runner-up for this one is one of my favorites. Jeremy Newberry wore No. 62 from 1999 to 2005 before departing for the Oakland Raiders. He was a strong center for the 49ers, but two microfracture surgeries cut short his career. He now works as an agent for Octagon Football.
While I'm a Newberry fan, there was no doubting who deserved this one. Guy McIntyre spent ten seasons with the 49ers, and now serves as the franchise's Director of Alumni. He was voted on to five straight Pro Bowl teams from 1989 to 1993, and was a key part of the 49ers back-to-back Super Bowl championship squads.
It took McIntyre several years to crack the starting lineup, not becoming a regular starter until 1988. Prior to that, he made his bones as a blocking back. Bill Walsh used him in short yardage formations, and it marked one of the first times in the modern NFL that a lineman was utilized in such a role. Walsh's use if McIntyre in such a role against the Chicago Bears reportedly inspired Mike Ditka to do the same thing with William "Refrigerator" Perry.
Who wears it now: OL Ian Silberman (2015-present)
The 49ers drafted two offensive linemen in the 2015 NFL Draft, adding Silberman in the sixth round and Trenton Brown in the seventh round. Brown got some early first team work before Anthony Davis announced his retirement, but was replaced in the lineup by Erik Pears for minicamp.
Silberman is a bit further down the depth chart, and seems like a strong practice squad candidate. He played tackle in college, but is expected to move to guard in the NFL. With Brandon Thomas, Marcus Martin, Joe Looney and others joining Alex Boone in potentially competing for guard opportunities, Silberman's roster chances are a bit slim.