As the San Francisco 49ers prepare for Super Bowl LIV, I was thinking back as to which players you’d want to be a part of this run. Through the years, the Niners have had some of the greatest players all-time at their position. Who wouldn’t want Frank Gore on the team still? Seeming him carry the ball the last couple of weeks with these rushing lanes would have been entertaining, even if Gore only had a few carries, he probably would have found a way to score. At this point in his career, Gore is unsurprisingly still capable of breaking tackles at a high level.
If you flip to the other side of the ball, we wouldn’t ever discuss San Francisco’s run defense if “the Cowboy” was still playing. No. 94 would make a great defense better, which is tough to do. You have arguably the best linebacker duo of all-time in Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. The nostalgia for this team is pretty incredible. It doesn’t have to be a recent player, either. I’m 32, so players like Steve Young, Deion Sanders, and Terrell Owens were in their prime as I was growing up. It’s been an embarrassment of riches for this franchise when it comes to great players.
It doesn’t have to be one of the 62 superstars this team has had. We all have players we gravitate toward that aren’t the best at their position or get the “star” treatment. For example, Weston Richburg and Jaquiski Tartt are “my guys” on the team this year that I thoroughly enjoy watching playing football. They’re both good, but you won’t find them in the discussions of the top players at their positions (I could make a strong argument for Richburg.) Honestly, the obscure players have always been more interesting to talk about. The Aubrayo Franklin and Dashon Goldson’s of the world. The guys that you know of if you’ve been around. So let’s talk about it.
Which player do you wish, any timeline any position, could be apart of what is one of the more special seasons from a football team that I can recall?