Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 6 – Leo Nomellini
Career Stats with 49ers: 174 games played, 13 fumbles recovered, two safeties
The 49ers’ first draft pick in franchise history, Leo Nomellini turned out to be quite the get for San Francisco. Throughout the 1950s, the defensive tackle was arguably the most dominant interior force in the pros.
What’s more is Nomellini dominated on the other side of the line as well. He often played offensive talent for the team, earning honors for his work as a blocker on top of his defensive accolades.
His 10 Pro Bowl appearances and six All-Pro nods are further evidence of how big an impact he had for the 49ers. Time and time again, the league acknowledged his elite skills, even naming him to the NFL all-time team as a defensive tackle and enshrining him in the Hall of Fame in 1969.
And the cherry on top? After his playing days were over, Nomellini took his talents to the professional wrestling world. Not that that necessarily provides more value from a football standpoint, but it is further proof that he was a monster.