49ers best all-time offensive players from Northern California
The quarterback position actually drew a tie.
There are two Northern California-born and raised individuals who both played quarterback for the Niners and who had significant impacts on the organization. Neither one of these individuals won a Super Bowl for the team in their respective eras, but their names are forever synonymous with the team.
The first of the two is John Brodie. He attended Oakland Technical High School before going on to play college football at local Stanford. San Francisco would select Brodie in the first round (third overall) in the 1957 NFL Draft.
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Brodie played all 17 seasons with the 49ers. In that time, he had two Pro Bowl selections, one All-Pro selection and won an MVP award. Although he never won a title for the team, he will always be remembered as an all-time great in the organization.
He finished his career with 31,548 yards passing, putting him second all-time for the franchise in that stat, behind only Joe Montana.
The other quarterback who is a hometown great is Jeff Garcia.
He attended Gilroy High School in Gilroy, California, and then played his college ball at San Jose State.
After going undrafted in the 1994 NFL Draft, he went north of the border to play in the Canadian Football League for the Calgary Stampeders. After winning the Grey Cup and earning the MVP of the game, he got his shot at the NFL.
The Niners signed Garcia in 1999, and following a career-ending injury to then-quarterback Steve Young, Garcia became the starter for the team. He would play for five seasons with the 49ers and earn three Pro Bowl selections in that time period.
Although Garcia never led the Niners to the Super Bowl, he will also go down in San Francisco lore for a number of things. He still holds the franchise’s single-season record for yards passing with 4,278 yards.
He will also be fondly remembered, for helping lead an amazing come-from-behind playoff victory against the New York Giants in the 2003 Wild Card game.