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 60 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: DL Roland Lakes (1961-1970)
This is a bit more of an obscure name for a lot of people, myself included. Lakes was a second round draft pick of the 49ers in the 1961 NFL Draft. Prior to the arrival of Anthony Davis, Lakes had been the youngest starting lineman in 49ers history. He was 21 years, 11 months and 24 days old when he first started with the 49ers. Davis was 20 years, 11 months when he took over at right tackle. Lakes spent ten seasons with the 49ers, and then played one more with the New York Giants.
Lakes appeared in all 140 games while with the 49ers, and never missed a start once he moved into the full-time starting lineup in 1963. He is a member of the team's 10-year club, and was the heaviest player on the roster in each season, weighing in at 279 pounds.
Who wears it now: OL Brandon Thomas (2014-present)
The 49ers had two guys wearing No. 60 heading into training camp last year, with Kaleb Ramsey joining Brandon Thomas. This year, Thomas has No. 60, and Ramsey is splitting No. 68 with Patrick Miller.
Thomas is competing for one of the guard spots, a little over a year removed from a torn ACL. I'm hoping he can force his way into the starting lineup, but it is hard to tell what exactly the 49ers have in mind for the line with recent replacements. Right guard Alex Boone practiced at left guard in minicamp. Erik Pears was at right guard when Boone was gone, and then moved to right tackle when Boone returned. Marcus Martin handled some center work, but then a lot of right guard work with Joe Looney at center.
Thomas's immediate future will depend in part on how Daniel Kilgore's recovery continues to develop. If Kilgore is back for most or all of training camp, Marcus Martin might find himself a favorite for a guard role. If Kilgore is still recovering from last season's leg injury, Martin would seem to be the favorite at center. The whole thing is a little convoluted at the moment.