Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 14 – Dave Wilcox
Career Stats with 49ers: 12 fumbles recovered, 14 interceptions, two touchdowns
Throughout the history of the NFL, truly elite linebackers have been very hard to come by. It just so happens the 49ers found one of them during the third round of the 1964 NFL Draft.
Dave Wilcox didn’t wait long to assert himself as one of the league’s top talents at linebacker. He took over as a starter in San Francisco as a rookie, and never looked back. Before his time with the 49ers was up, he had earned seven trips to the Pro Bowl, four All-Pro honors and an eventual trip to the Hall of Fame.
Nicknamed “The Enforcer,” Wilcox made his mark with tough, aggressive approach to the game and knack for sniffing out plays. Obviously, he was no stranger to creating turnovers either, evidenced by the above stats.
From his intimidating physicality to his durability (missed only one game due to injury in 11 seasons), Wilcox paid huge dividends for the 49ers. He cemented his status as one of the best linebackers to ever don the red and gold.