49ers' top five most hated opponents in recent history
5. CB Richard Sherman
Richard Sherman was so good in his role as the villain, some 49ers fans still have a difficult time wiping those memories from their minds.
So even though the fan base loves to love him now, he deserves special mention and a spot in the top-five because he set the bar so high during his seven seasons with the Seahawks.
“Would be #1 if he was still on Seattle,” said Derrel C. of San Francisco. “He is everything I want in a football player but played for the Seahawks. Talked trash, backed it up, balled out against us every time and cost us at least one Super Bowl. I always said if he was drafted by the Niners he would be my favorite player.”
Sherman has said his rivalry was always with Jim Harbaugh and Michael Crabtree, not with the 49ers, per se.
4. WR Larry Fitzgerald
Larry Fitzgerald? Seriously? Who could possibly use “Larry Fitzgerald” and the word “hate” in the same sentence?
The answer: Some 49ers fans ... but in a very respectful way.
“Great player, but always a thorn in the NINERS side. No matter how well we played he always beat us one way or another,” said Jan H. of Santa Barbara.
Said Greg T. from Los Angeles, “You just can’t find anything to dislike about that guy.”
And that’s precisely why he makes this list. It’s a sign of respect.
3. Coach Pete Carroll
The dad sneakers and gum-chomping are bad enough. But the constant winning and mastery over the 49ers from someone who grew up in Marin County is just too much to take for a lot of 49ers fans.
So we’ll stretch the rules a little – OK, a lot – to include Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on this list.
Fans of the 49ers certainly do not like the way he left USC amid scandal and became such a beloved figure to the Seattle fan base. Carroll has led the Seahawks to the playoffs in eight of his 10 seasons as head coach.
2. QB Aaron Rodgers
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has always been the player 49ers fans wanted on their side. Much of the animosity seems to originate from Rodgers, who was salty when the 49ers passed on him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft.
That evening, KPIX’s Dennis O’Donnell asked Rodgers how disappointed he was that he will not be a member of the 49ers. Rodgers’ answer was perfect: “Not as disappointed as the 49ers will be that they didn’t draft me.”
In seven regular-season games against the 49ers, Rodgers had 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. The Packers are 4-3 in those games. But Green Bay is 0-3 against the 49ers in the playoffs with Rodgers as the starter.
Said Allen M. of San Jose, “His smug attitude while constantly getting manhandled by us is entertaining.”
1. QB Russell Wilson
And No. 1, in a blowout, is Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who depending on your ZIP code is incredibly charming or annoyingly saccharin.
“His cheesiness is on overload and his ‘rah-rah’ attitude seems so fabricated. He's an easy guy to hate,” says Zack Van D. of Cape Coral, Florida.
Wilson has started 16 games against the 49ers. The Seahawks are 12-4 in those games.
“I respect his game and I love the intangibles he brings to the team,” says Chris N. of San Francisco. “Having said that, I absolutely HATE when the Niners face him because he’s so pesky to bring down and you always feel like the Seahawks have a chance to win, no matter how good the Niners are!”