San Francisco 49ers: Ranking top 10 offensive lineman in franchise history

Joe Staley #74 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Staley #74 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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Forrest Blue, 49ers
Center Forrest Blue #75 of the San Francisco 49ers with defensive end Claude Humphrey #97 of the Atlanta Falcons (Photo by James Flores/Getty Images) /

No. 3: Center Forrest Blue

49ers Tenure: 1968-1974

Pro Bowl Selections: 4

First-Team All-Pro Selections: 2

The best center to ever suit up for the 49ers graced the team back when it was entering some tough times in the mid 1970s.

Yet center Forrest Blue didn’t have to worry about being one of the weak spots on San Francisco’s roster. If anything, Blue was a mainstay for seven years from his first-round drafting in 1968 through the 1974 season.

That tenure rewarded Blue with four Pro Bowl selections and twice being named a First-Team All-Pro.

Blue went on to spend four more years with the Baltimore Colts before ending his career in 1978.

San Francisco’s best all-time center passed away in Northern California in 2011 at the age of 65.