Bryant Young

Where Joe Staley ranks among players who spent entire career on 49ers

Where Joe Staley ranks among players who spent entire career on 49ers

When All-Decade left tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement during Day 3 of the 2020 NFL Draft, he joined select company in 49ers history.

Staley was drafted by the 49ers in 2007. And he remained as a member of the organization for every day of his 13-year NFL career.

“I just want to be remembered as a guy that gave his all every single day,” Staley said. “People in the locker room can say that this guy was just as consistent on a day like June 14th as he was in a playoff game.

"That is something that I always tried to strive for was just to be a consistent performer and try to take my job as serious as I could every single day.”

Few in 49ers history were as consistent as Staley.

There are only four players whom the 49ers drafted, played every game of their NFL careers with the club and were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Defensive tackle Leo Nomellini, 1950-63
Tackle Bob St. Clair, 1953-64
Cornerback Jimmy Johnson, 1961-76
Linebacker Dave Wilcox, 1964-74

Each of those players spent their entire careers with the 49ers before NFL owners finally granted players free agency in 1993 in exchange for a salary cap.

If those four Hall of Famers top the list of players who spent their entire careers with the 49ers, then Staley sits firmly in the next tier -- and, perhaps, some day will join Nomellini, St. Clair, Johnson and Wilcox.

Staley’s ranks among an elite group of four forever 49ers with five All Pro or Pro Bowl seasons:

Defensive tackle Bryant Young, 1994-2007
Linebacker Patrick Willis, 2007-14
End Billy Wilson, 1951-60
Tackle Joe Staley, 2007-19

Young was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year for the first time. Willis, in his first year of eligibility, was a semifinalist.

Staley is comfortably within the top 10 of all-time, every-day 49ers players.

Listen and subscribe to the 49ers Insider Podcast:

Here is the breakdown of players who spent their entire careers with the 49ers:

Hall of Famers

CB Jimmy Johnson, 1961-76
Four All-NFL; four Pro Bowls
1961 – First-round draft pick (No. 6)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1994

DT Leo Nomellini, 1950-63
Six All-NFL; 10 Pro Bowls
1950 – First-round draft pick (No. 11)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1969

T Bob St. Clair, 1953-64
Four All-NFL, five Pro Bowls
1953 – Third-round draft pick (No. 32)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 1990

LB Dave Wilcox, 1964-74
Five All-NFL; seven Pro Bowls
1964 – Third-round draft pick (No. 29)
Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2000

All-Time Elites

LT Joe Staley, 2007-19
Six Pro Bowls
2007 – First-round draft pick (No. 28)

LB Patrick Willis, 2007-14
Five All Pro; seven Pro Bowls
2007 – First-round draft pick (No. 11)

WR Billy Wilson, 1951-60
One All Pro, six Pro Bowls
1950 – 22nd-round draft pick (No. 283)

DT Bryant Young, 1994-2007
One All Pro, four Pro Bowls
1994 – First-round draft pick (No. 7)

[RELATEDCoach Joe? Staley would love to help 49ers down the road]

Honorable Mention

DB Dave Baker, 1959-1961: one Pro Bowl; 1959 – First-round draft pick (No. 5)

RT Harris Barton, 1987-96: two All Pro, one Pro Bowl; 1987 – First-round draft pick (No. 22)

QB John Brodie, 1957-73: one All Pro, two Pro Bowls; 1957 – First-round draft pick (No. 3)

NT Michael Carter, 1984-92: one All Pro, three Pro Bowls; 1984 – Fifth-round draft pick (No. 121)

WR Dwight Clark, 1979-87: one All Pro, 2 Pro Bowls; 1979 – 10th-round draft pick (No. 249)

G/C Randy Cross, 1976-88:  three Pro Bowls; 1976 – Second-round draft pick (No. 42)

K/P Tommy Davis, 1959-69: two Pro Bowls; 1957 – 11th-round draft pick (No. 128)

OT Keith Fahnhorst, 1974-87:  one All Pro, one Pro Bowl; 1974 – Second-round draft pick (No. 35)

LS Brian Jennings, 2000-2012:  two Pro Bowl; 2000 – Seventh-round draft pick (No. 230)

DT Charlie Krueger, 1959-73: two Pro Bowls; 1958 – First-round draft pick (No. 9)

DB Jerry Mertens, 1958-65: one Pro Bowl; 1958 – 20th-round draft pick (No. 239)

C Fred Quillan, 1978-87:  two Pro Bowls; 1978 – Seventh-round draft pick (No. 175)

LT Len Rohde, 1960-74: one Pro Bowl); 1960 – Fifth-round draft pick (No. 59)

G/C Jesse Sapolu, 1983-97: two Pro Bowls; 1983 – 11th-round draft pick (No. 289)

CB Bruce Taylor, 1970-79: one Pro Bowl; 1970 – First-round draft pick (No. 17)

WR John Taylor, 1987-95:  two Pro Bowls; 1986 – Third-round draft pick (No. 76)

OL John Thomas, 1958-67:  one All Pro, one Pro Bowl; 1957 – 23rd-round draft pick (No. 272)

LB Keena Turner, 1980-90:  one Pro Bowl; 1980 – Second-round draft pick (No. 39)

DB Carlton Williamson, 1981-87:  two Pro Bowls; 1981 – Third-round draft pick (No. 65)

P Tom Wittum, 1973-77:  two Pro Bowls; 1972 – Eighth-round draft pick (No. 200)

CB Eric Wright, 1981-90: one All Pro, two Pro Bowls; 1981 – Second-round draft pick (No. 40)

Rickey Henderson, Bruce Bochy among 2020 Bay Area Hall of Fame inductees


Rickey Henderson, Bruce Bochy among 2020 Bay Area Hall of Fame inductees

Well, it's about time.

That's what most of us thought when we saw the announcement for the induction of Rickey Henderson into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Longtime Giants manager Bruce Bochy, also another non-surprise inductee, will be joining him for 2020 honors, along with former 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young.

Henderson, a National Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder, holds many MLB records including 1,406 career stolen bases and 130 stolen bases in a single season.

The 10-time All-Star spent a majority (14 seasons) of his 25-year career MLB stint with the Green and Gold where, in addition to his All-Star selections, he won two World Series titles, three Silver Slugger Awards and was named the American League MVP in 1990. That season, he led the league in runs (119), OBP (.439), stolen bases (65) and OPS (1.016) ... just to name a few.

Bochy, a three-time World Series champion manager, announced his retirement following the 2019 season. Across 25 seasons with the Giants and San Diego Padres, he finished with a 2003-2029 record, but finished his Giants tenure almost at the .500 mark (1052-1054). 

The Giants announced he will remain with the team as a special advisor.

Bryant Young will also be inducted into the BASHF.

Young is the 49ers' career leader in quarterback sacks (89.5) and earned four Pro-Bowl selections, and one All-Pro nod. He also was a member of the 1994 Super Bowl champion team during his rookie year. He played 14 seasons in the NFL, each of them with the 49ers.

[RELATED: Bochy to serve as Giants special advisor]

Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and American yachtsman Paul Cayard also will receive HOF honors. 

The Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame hosts the great athletes of the area. Ballots of eligible athletes, coaches etc., are sent out to numerous sportswriters, broadcasters, team executives and past Hall inductees. You can find a list of the criteria here.

Many Bay Area athletes including Barry Bonds, Dave Stewart and Jerry Rice have also been honored and inducted into the BASHF. 

49ers' John Lynch, Bryant Young do not make Pro Football Hall of Fame


49ers' John Lynch, Bryant Young do not make Pro Football Hall of Fame

MIAMI, Fla. -- John Lynch was hoping for a “pretty cool weekend."

But the 49ers general manager can still pick up the greatest consolation prize possible.

Lynch made it into the final 10 among modern-era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday but was not one of the five chosen for induction into the Class of 2020.

Former 49ers defensive tackle Bryant Young was a first-time finalist, but he was eliminated from consideration for induction this year when the remaining modern-era candidates were cut from 15 to the final 10.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday announced the following group of modern-era inductees for the Class of 2020: Running back Edgerrin James, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, guard Steve Hutchinson, and safeties Steve Atwater and Troy Polamalu.

Bruce, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, finished his career with a two-season stint with the 49ers after playing his first 14 seasons with the Rams. He ranks 13th all-time with 1,024 receptions and fifth with 15,208 receiving yards.

This was Lynch’s seventh time in the final 15 in his eight years of eligibility for the Hall of Fame.

"I believe my time will come," Lynch tweeted upon learning he was not elected.

Lynch is in his third season as 49ers GM. He and coach Kyle Shanahan have done a remarkable job of building the team's roster. The team meets the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Super Bowl LIV.

A nine-time Pro Bowl selection as a safety with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, Lynch also was twice elected All-Pro. His first year as a finalist for the Hall of Fame was 2014. Each of the other 14 finalists that year has made it into the Hall of Fame.

Lynch said Thursday the anticipation of the Hall of Fame vote was easier to deal with this year because his mind had been preoccupied with the 49ers playing in Super Bowl LIV on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I think it probably makes it a little easier, because my mind is elsewhere,” Lynch said at the time. “My mind’s on doing anything I can do, and at this point, there’s not a whole lot. But with the Super Bowl there are so many details that are popping up on just getting to practice and where we’re going and all of that.”

Young is the 49ers’ career leader in sacks with 89.5. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade second team for the 1990s while being a two-time first-team All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Young was in his eighth year of eligibility, and he received support this week from some of his former rivals. Young will be inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame this year, 49ers president Al Guido announced on Friday.

[RELATED49ers' Bosa named 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year]

The group of James, Bruce, Hutchinson, Atwater and Polamalu will be among 20 individuals enshrined this year as part of an expanded centennial class.

Previously elected by a blue-ribbon panel were tackles Jim Covert, Duke Slater, and Winston Hill, receiver Harold Carmichael, end Mac Speedie, linebacker Ed Sprinkle, defensive tackle Alex Karras, safeties Cliff Harris, Bobby Dillon and Donnie Shell, coaches Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson, executive George Young, commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Steve Sabol of NFL Films.