Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 21 – Steve Wallace
Career Stats with 49ers: 166 games played
Primarily a left tackle during his days with San Francisco, Steve Wallace was a true pioneer at the position. Sporting a nasty playing style and elite athleticism, he helped develop what would eventually become the mold of today’s all-important blindside blocker.
With the 49ers, though, he was much more than just a prototype. Wallace was a fierce competitor who made life very difficult for the unfortunate defender lined up across from him. He played every snap with a relentless motor, often to the chagrin of his opponents.
Wallace played on three Super Bowl teams during his time with the 49ers. In that same time span, he also earned one Pro Bowl nod and was named to three All-Pro teams.
Offensive linemen don’t often get a lot of credit for what they do on the field. In the case of Wallace, though, he earned more than enough praise by being one of the best left (and occasionally right) tackles in the NFL at that time.