After 13 NFL seasons -- all with the 49ers -- six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement last week.

Few players were more synonymous with the organization than Staley in recent years, as the left tackle lasted through a flurry of coaching and management turnover. His impact on his teammates also won’t be forgotten.

“Joe Staley, he’s been there since I got there,” 49ers defensive lineman Ronald Blair told 95.7 The Game. “He’s somebody when you first get in the league, you just need to sit down and take out your pad and pencil and just see what he does.

“He just does everything the right way, he’s pretty much 49er football top to bottom.”

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Staley played his rookie season at right tackle before holding down the left side for a dozen seasons, starting all 181 of his NFL appearances.

Although Blair and Staley likely had plenty of practice battles over the years, it’s clear that no one in the 49ers’ locker room has anything but the utmost respect for Staley, who said he’s open to potentially trying his hand at coaching now that his playing days are over.


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