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San Francisco 49ers links for Saturday June 22, 2019

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As we continue to push through the quietest part of the offseason, fans and media alike are given the opportunity to reflect on past seasons and players, reminiscing about our favorite games, plays, and other memories.

Our own Kyle Posey put together a piece the other day asking readers When they first knew they were a 49ers fan, and in the Nuggets last week we had an opportunity to ask if there was a single game that started it all for 49ers fans. A ton of great stories and memories from fans in the comment threads, I encourage everyone to take a look if you haven’t yet.

Looking for more nostalgia? Oscar and David have spent the past two weeks on the Better Rivals podcast analyzing two of the most important games in 49ers history: the 1994 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXIII. Their analysis was in depth and they did a great job offering a fresh perspective on both games, I highly recommend giving them a listen.

So what to discuss today? How about the top five 49ers RB of all time?

The obvious: Frank Gore and Roger Craig. Not much needs to be said here. When the question is asked, these two names are the first to come to mind for most Niners fans. They’re in.

The not so obvious: Joe Perry and Hugh McElhenney. To say that both were before my time would be an understatement. My dad is 69 years old and both started their 49ers careers before he was 3. But they played the bulk of their careers with the Niners and both are Hall of Famers so it would be hard to leave them off the list.

So who’s number 5? You decide! I’ve added the most obvious choices, my apologies if I left your favorite out. Vote in the poll and state your case in the comments section, and don’t forget to check out the links below!


Who is the 5th best RB in 49ers history?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Garrison Hearst
    (442 votes)
  • 28%
    Ricky Watters
    (346 votes)
  • 3%
    Wendell Tyler
    (44 votes)
  • 28%
    Tom Rathman
    (344 votes)
  • 4%
    (49 votes)
1225 votes total Vote Now

And now onto the links:

Pros and cons behind the 49ers’ new wide-9 defensive alignment (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise)

49ers’ 5 most important defensive players entering 2019 (Peter Panacy, Niner Noise)

Ex-49ers QB Alex Smith on comeback path: ‘I have to learn to run again’ (Gary Peterson, Mercury News)

Betting site has over/under for 49ers’ win total in 2019 at eight games (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)

Fantasy Football: CBS Sports debates 49ers’ Deebo Samuel vs. Seahawks’ D.K. Metcalf (David Bonilla, 49ers WebZone)

One major issue the 49ers must fix before training camp (Matthew Schmidt, Clutch Points)

NFL 2019: How well a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo must perform to live up to his enormous contract with 49ers (Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports)

Around the NFL...

50 NFL players who could get contract extensions before training camp (Dan Graziano, ESPN)

Odell Beckham: Couldn’t ‘reach my potential’ on Giants (Grant Gordon,

Five blockbuster trades that would spice up the 2019 NFL season (Bucky Brooks,

NFL 2019 burning questions: What’s Plan B for the Rams if Todd Gurley isn’t healthy? (Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports)

Ten most talented teams in the NFL ahead of the 2019 season (Gil Brandt,

The NFL’s Seven Hottest Seats (Conor Orr, MMQB)