No. 3 reason 2007 didn’t entirely suck for 49ers: Andy Lee turned into awesome
You know things are bad when you have to start off a didn’t-suck list by referencing a punter, but that’s the case here for the 49ers with their longtime former punter, Andy Lee, who at least had himself a memorable 2007 season.
As sad as it might be highlighting Lee, a specialist, as one of the Niners’ best players that year, it does help point out San Francisco’s special teams unit was one of the team’s few relative strengths.
Lee, then in his fourth season after being selected in Round 6 by the 49ers in the 2004 NFL Draft, ended up finishing that particular campaign with his first-ever Pro Bowl nod and first of three first-team All-Pro selections.
Pretty good, yes.
Not surprisingly, considering how bad the Niners offense was that year, Lee led the league with 105 punts and 4,968 yards while getting up there in punt average with 47.3.
And while few would ever tout a punter with any sort of seriousness, at least San Francisco had itself a good one during his lengthy tenure with the team that would span all the way through 2014.