1. Jesse Sapolu 1983-1997 (2x Pro Bowler, 15 postseason victories, 4x Super Bowl champion)
Throughout his lengthy professional career, offensive lineman Jesse Sapolu bounced between the guard and center positions on the interior of the Niners’ offensive line. However, since Sapolu saw much more action in the NFL postseason at the center position, that’s where he will fit in here on the 49ers’ all-time list.
Obviously versatile, Sapolu was one of the lighter and quicker linemen that San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh loved to deploy. Sopolu spent his entire NFL career in San Francisco after the two-time All-Pro was drafted by the Niners in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft.
2. Fred Quillan 1978-1987 (2x Pro Bowler, seven postseason victories, 2x Super Bowl champion)
Center Fred Quillan was a key ingredient in the continuity of the 49ers’ offensive line in the early 1980s. Despite being a late-round pick, Quillian played 10 years in San Francisco and amassed 129 starts during that time.
A better pass protector than run blocker, Quillan developed great chemistry with Joe Montana at the important center position. The chemistry between the Montana and Quillian, who was known for his entertaining personality, helped carry the San Francisco 49ers to a pair of Super Bowl victories.