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 70 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 Charlie Krueger (1959-1973)
We're back with another retired jersey. We know all about the big names, but the 49ers have had some really great players in their history. Krueger is another one of the greats, having spent 15 years on their defensive line. The 49ers selected Krueger in the first round of the 1958 NFL Draft. He was actually the team's second pick of that first round. They also drafted Michigan running back James Pace, who played one season with the team.
Krueger was named to three All-Pro teams and two Pro Bowl teams during his career. He broke his arm his rookie year, but got his career going a year later. We don't have sack numbers, or other specifics, but I recommend giving this article a read.
The 49ers have had quite the history of impressive defensive linemen. Justin Smith's retirement marks the end of another such era, and now the team will look for a new era. Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine are the two most notable young players, joining a group of veterans that includes Glenn Dorsey, Darnell Dockett and Tony Jerod-Eddie. The 49ers drafted Arik Armstead in the first round this past April. Plenty of fans are not overly excited, but training camp will give us our first look at a guy the 49ers hope can join the long history of great defensive linemen.