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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Bob St. Clair, 49ers
Hall of Famer Bob St. Clair (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) /

No. 1: Tackle Bob St. Clair

49ers Tenure: 1953-1963

Pro Bowl Selections: 5

Inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990

Not even Joe Staley could get the best of Hall of Fame offensive tackle Bob St. Clair, who suited up for the Niners from 1953 through 1963 and even way back when the team was at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

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St. Clair did more than just provide excellent protection along the offensive line. He’d even double on goal-line defense and even managed to return kicks in 1963 on special teams.

Although one can easily doubt it was drawn up that way.

St. Clair was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 after posting an 11-year career in which he played in 119 games. Sadly, St. Clair passed away in 2015 at the age of 84.

Well, there you have it — the top 10 offensive linemen in 49ers history.

One can only hope the Niners are able to add to this list in the coming seasons. Hopefully, some of the younger names and players not yet known will be considered among the all-time greats to don the red and gold.

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And those players will forever be remembered by The Faithful.