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 14 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:
K Ray Wersching (1977-1987) QB Y.A. Tittle (1952-1960)
Fooch's Update: Definitely messed this one up. Tittle is listed under No. 14, but the use of Career AV throws it off at Pro Football Reference. Tittle's best years were with the Giants, but he did some great things as part of the 49ers Million Dollar Backfield. He gets the nod.
This was another easy call, with a pretty limited number of players sporting 14. I suppose we could have gone with J.T. O'Sullivan. Based just on Pro Football Reference's AV, he is tied for second among players to wear the number. So, there's that, I suppose.
But Ray Wersching is the easy winner. The Bay Area native spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers before signing with the 49ers in 1977. He was the kicker on their first two Super Bowl squads, and when he retired, he was the team's career leader in points, field goals and extra points. After his career ended, he got into a tough situation. He went into insurance sales, and got in with a sketchy sounding character. The other person went to jail for embezzlement, but Wersching was exonerated. Here is a rundown on where he was at as of 2013.
It is going to be some time before the 49ers have anybody challenge Wersching's kicking records. The team has Phil Dawson in place right now, but he does not have much longer in his NFL career. We'll see if the team goes after a kicker in next year's draft.
Who wears it now: WR Jerome Simpson (2015-present)
The 49ers signed Simpson to a 2-year deal this offseason, and of course he now is set to serve a 6-game suspension. The way the 49ers discussed the suspension, it sounds like the plan is to have him around and activated when the suspension is up. Of course, if one of their younger receivers steps up between now and the end of that suspension, that could change in a heart-beat. But until we see something from someone else, it would not be surprising to see Simpson on the 53-man roster when Week 7 rolls around.