Special teamers don’t get the attention they deserve. But in this article, Niner Noise celebrates the top 10 San Francisco 49ers special teamers of all time.
We often laugh at the players who aren’t on the field on first, second and third downs.
These players who come onto the field on fourth downs and kickoffs are usually smaller in stature than the rest, but often carry a much larger role than fans expect them to.
For punters, kick and punt returners, setting the offense (or defense) in the best possible field position is crucial. For kickers, three points could make the difference between a win and a loss.
And as San Francisco 49ers special teams coach Richard Hightower said last Wednesday at the State of the Franchise event, the most underrated position in all of football is the long-snapper, who people only notice when he botches snaps, ruining the entire play.
I feel like it’s time to start respecting these players. So without further ado, here are the top 10 49ers special teamers of all time.