Running back Garrison Hearst might not have been a beneficiary of Tom Rathman-type of player, but that doesn’t keep the former from earning the No. 3 spot on Niner Noise’s all-time underrated list.
After joining San Francisco in 1997, Hearst would eventually miss two years (1999 and 2000) with avascular necrosis but still managed to record three 1,000-plus yard seasons and came just 28 yards short of a fourth back in 2002.
And who could forget his 96-yard overtime touchdown run against the New York Jets back in 1998 — the year in which he rushed for a whopping 1,570 yards?
Hearst’s 7,966 rushing yards puts him No. 52 on the league’s all-time rushing list, 359 yards above Hall of Famer Terrell Davis.
But Hearst’s 5,535 rush yards in San Francisco is good enough for fifth on the franchise’s all-time rushing leaders list.
Certainly not bad for a player who spent a total of just five active seasons with the team.