No. 3: Gene Washington
It was difficult to place wide receiver Gene Washington over 49ers great Dwight Clark on this all-time list.
But it makes sense when one does the math.
Washington was a San Francisco leading receiver during the late 1960s and through most of the 1970s — a time when the 49ers, generally, weren’t very good.
During his career in San Francisco, Washington amassed 6,664 yards — just 86 behind that of Clark. But Washington did so on 371 receptions, compared to Clark’s 506. And in 10 fewer games.
Washington also had an average of 18.0 yards per reception. No one else on this list even comes close.
So it’s an easier slate for Washington than anticipated.