Greatest 49ers of all time: No. 23 – Gene Washington
Career Stats with 49ers: 371 receptions, 6,664 receiving yards, 59 receiving TDs, 5 carries, -1 rushing yard
The 49ers have had some outstanding wide receivers over the years, but one that often gets overlooked is Gene Washington. During his time in San Francisco, he was the top target and didn’t disappoint in that role.
Not only did he lead the league in receiving in 1970, but he earned four Pro Bowl invites as well as three All-Pro honors. His durability also can’t be understated, as he managed to miss only one game during his nine seasons with the 49ers.
While Washington didn’t finish his career with the team (he spent one year with the Detroit Lions before retirement), he certainly made the most of his time in the Bay Area.
Obviously, Washington doesn’t quite stack up to some of the 49ers’ other star receivers. Despite that fact, we must give credit where it’s due–the Stanford product was a star in his own right and did nothing but impress.