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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John Gonzaga #76, Frank Morze #53 and Bruce Bosley #77 of the San Francisco 49ers block for Hugh McElhenny #39 (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
John Gonzaga #76, Frank Morze #53 and Bruce Bosley #77 of the San Francisco 49ers block for Hugh McElhenny #39 (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images) /

No. 5: Center/Guard Bruce Bosley

49ers Tenure: 1956-1968

Pro Bowl Selections: 4

Here’s an interesting note: Bruce Bosley actually started out with the 49ers as a defensive end before making the full-time switch to the offensive line in 1958.

Entrenched as a guard that season, Bosley went onto his first Pro Bowl two years later with the Niners and managed three more after shifting to the center position in 1962.

The switch helped Bosley earn three more Pro Bowl nods over his impressive 13-year career in San Francisco, in which he appeared in 163 games.

Bosley passed away in 1995 at the age of 65 in San Francisco but remains one of the key figureheads of the 49ers’ storybook past.