No. 10: Deion Sanders
49ers Tenure: 1994
Pro Bowl Selections: 1
It can be easily debated Deion Sanders doesn’t deserve to be on this list at all due to his mere one season played with the franchise.
What cannot be easily debated is the talent level of Sanders — there simply is no debate of whether or not his play merits the ranking. That’s what I’m basing this one on, the ability of Sanders and what he did in his short time with the 49ers. The only reason he’s not higher on this list is because of the limited time spent with San Francisco. It’s unjust to leave No. 21 off the list entirely.
Signed on a one-year, $1.9 million deal in 1994, Sanders delivered immediately. He was selected to the Pro Bowl, named first-team All-Pro and helped the 49ers win the Super Bowl. That season Sanders posted career highs in touchdowns off interceptions (three) and interception return yardage (303).
His stay in San Francisco was indeed very brief, but it was one to remember, and one that cannot be brushed aside.