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16 days until 49ers kickoff: Who wore it best? Tough call!

The San Francisco 49ers season starts in 16 days. We take a look at jersey No. 16, worn by a quarterback who was kind of OK.

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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 17 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: Seriously?

What else is there to say (and sorry, that's the only picture I could find showing Montana and No. 16)? Joe Montana was the fourth and final player to wear No. 16. The three preceding players were all quarterbacks: Jim Plunkett (1977), Norm Snead (1974-1975) and Arnie Galiffa (1954).

I'd say Plunkett is the most interesting of the remaining guys, at least for 49ers history. He was the No. 1 overall pick of the 1971 NFL Draft, but struggled to get it going with the New England Patriots. The 49ers acquired him in a trade prior to the 1976 NFL Draft that sent QB Tom Owen, two first round picks in 1976 and a first and second round pick in 1977 to New England. The 49ers were 6-1 in his first seven starters, but struggled down the stretch. The team went 5-9 in his 14 starts in 1977 before the team released him the following offseason. I can only imagine the uproar at NN if the site had been around back then. Plunkett joined the Oakland Raiders, where had a strong run.

But we all know Joe Montana's the best at No. 16, and obviously in that discussion of the all-time greats. There just isn't much to be said really.