All-time receiving leaders in 49ers franchise history
The greatest wide receiver of all time played for the 49ers, of course, but let’s take a look at some other top receivers in the team’s storied history.
It’s a well-known fact the greatest wide receiver of all time, Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, played for the San Francisco 49ers. You don’t need to be a football historian to know that. And if you wanted to, you could make the argument for Rice being named the greatest football player of all time.
Few would argue.
Some other great receivers also played for the Niners throughout their history, though.
Let’s take a look at the three who lead the franchise in receiving.
49ers receiving leader No. 3: Dwight Clark
Coming in at No. 3 on the list of top receivers is the man who made “The Catch,” Dwight Clark.
Clark is best remembered as the man who caught the game-winning touchdown in the 1982 NFC Championship game against the Dallas Cowboys, which has gone down as one of the most iconic moments in all of football history, not just Niners lore.
Clark played his whole career with San Francisco from 1979 to 1987. In that time, he earned two Pro Bowl selections and one All-Pro selection, and he also won two Super Bowls with the team.
1981 was his best season, stat-wise, in which he got 85 receptions for 1,105 yards receiving. He would finish his career with 6,750 receiving yards.
In 2018 Clark sadly passed away at the age of 61 due to complications from ALS.
The 49ers would honor his memory by unveiling a statue of “The Catch” at Levi’s Stadium later that year.
49ers receiving leader No. 2: Terrell Owens
At No. 2 on the franchise list of receiving leaders for the 49ers is the man they called T.O., the one and only Terrell Owens.
He played with the Niners for eight seasons from 1996 to 2003, and in those seasons, he earned four Pro Bowl and three All-Pro selections.
Yet Owens’ defining moment as a member of the 49ers was “The Catch II,” in which he caught the game-winning touchdown in the 1999 NFC Wild Card game against the Green Bay Packers. While it might not have been as iconic as Clark’s touchdown, it was nevertheless exciting.
Owens finished his time with San Francisco with 8,572 receiving yards, and he would finish his career with 15,934 receiving yards, which puts him at No. 3 on the NFL receiving yards career leader list.
Owens was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
49ers receiving leader No. 1: Jerry Rice
The No.1 person on the list is someone that most people could guess in their sleep. Without a shadow of a doubt, it’s the GOAT, Mr. Rice.
He is the franchise’s receiving leader having logged 19,247 receiving yards in his time with the team from 1985 to 2000.
Rice would go on to earn 12 Pro Bowl selections and 10 All-Pro selections and win three Super Bowls in his time with San Francisco.
He would end his career having played on three different teams total and with 22,895 receiving yards. That puts him at No.1 on the NFL all-time list and over 9,000 yards ahead of the next active player.
Needless to say, Rice had one of the greatest careers in NFL history, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.