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)
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Randy Cross, 49ers
Randy Cross #51 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images) /

No. 6: Guard/Center Randy Cross

49ers Tenure: 1976-1988

Pro Bowl Selections: 3

Few players could have had a more storybook career than former 49ers guard/center Randy Cross.

Drafted in Round 2 of the 1976 NFL Draft, when the Niners were terrible, Cross would eventually become a critical member of former head coach Bill Walsh’s standout offensive line during the 1981 season, the year which resulted in San Francisco’s first Super Bowl victory.

Cross made it as a Pro Bowler that year, the first of three selections in his 13-year career.

On top of that, Cross earned three Super Bowl rings and was also selected to both UCLA and the College Football Hall of Fame for his collegiate efforts.

And he remains a direct link to San Francisco’s dynasty years of the 1980s.