No. 6: Michael Carter
49ers Tenure: 1984 – 1992
Pro Bowl Selections: 3
A late-round selection in 1984, nose tackle Michael Carter flew under the radar to become an integral member of three Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1980s.
Carter was selected to three Pro Bowls, in 1985, 1987 and 1988, and named to three All-Pro teams, making second-team both in 1985 and 1988 and first-team in 1987.
He is No. 18 on the franchise leaderboards for sacks with 22.5 in 121 games played, but his main duty was stopping the run. The 49ers were consistently a top defense during his time with the team, and he is seen as one of the best nose tackles ever for the franchise.
The historic Bill Walsh once declared Carter the best in the league back in 1985.
The ability of Carter shouldn’t really come as a surprise — he won silver in the shot put at the 1984 Olympics. It’s easy to overlook Carter when examining the great 49ers due to the starpower that surrounded him with Montana, Rice, Lott and Haley. But it cannot be forgotten how good Carter truly was.