Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 7 – Bryant Young
Career Stats with 49ers: 614 tackles, 89.5 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, seven fumbles recovered, three safeties
During his heyday, there weren’t many defensive linemen better than Bryant Young. The 49ers’ interior wrecking ball wreaked havoc on opposing offenses for 14 years and helped San Francisco field some of their best defenses in franchise history.
Look no further than the 89.5 sacks he racked up during his lengthy career with the 49ers. That was ridiculous production for a defensive tackle, especially during a day and age in which the NFL focused more on the run than it does today.
Surprisingly, Young only earned four Pro Bowl trips and four All-Pro nods before his career was over. The league rewarded his efforts, though, by naming him to the 1990s All-Decade team.
Apart from the next player on this list, the 49ers may have never had a more disruptive defensive tackle than Young. The first-round pick out of Notre Dame simply couldn’t be stopped no matter what opposing offenses threw at him.