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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Joe Staley #74 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

No. 2: Tackle Joe Staley

49ers Tenure: 2007-2019

Pro Bowl Selections: 6

San Francisco’s second-best offensive lineman sure had himself a storied career.

Left tackle Joe Staley ended up being selected by the Niners at No. 28 overall in the 2007 NFL Draft and has remained a figurehead along the line ever since.

Initially, Staley was slated at the easier right tackle position but managed to start all 16 games of his rookie season. A year later, he was at the important left tackle spot, a position he held all the way up until his retirement following the 49ers’ 2019 Super Bowl run.

And Staley didn’t leave without plenty of great moments, either.

“You have to do what plays to your strengths,” Staley once said, via the team’s website. “My strength has always been being quick, athletic and being able to move well. I don’t want to sacrifice that just to be a certain size.”

That mindset has certainly helped Staley make it to the Pro Bowl six times over his illustrious career.

And yet not even his accolades make him the best.