Who was the last 49ers quarterback to win a Super Bowl?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images) /

It’s been a long while since the 49ers won a Super Bowl title. So you may be asking yourself, ‘who was the last Niners quarterback to win a championship?’

The San Francisco 49ers ended the 2022 season in heartbreaking fashion, losing their second straight NFC Championship game to end a 12-game winning streak that had fans dreaming of that seemingly elusive sixth Lombardi Trophy.

Four of those trophies, of course, were won with Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana at the helm, as head coach Bill Walsh helped to create the best team of the 1980s en route to winning championships to cap off the 1981 and 1984 seasons, and back-to-back titles after the 1988 and 1989 seasons.

But Montana wasn’t the last Niners quarterback to win a Super Bowl title.

No, that distinction belongs to another Hall of Fame signal-caller, the one and only Steve Young.

Steve Young is the last 49ers quarterback to win a Super Bowl

Young joined San Francisco in 1987 after two uninspiring seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After starting three games in appearing in eight games during his first season in San Francisco, he would go on to make spot starts over the course of the subsequent few campaigns, including leading the 49ers to a 3-0 record in his starts during the Super Bowl run in 1989.

Montana suffered an injury in the following year’s NFC Championship loss to the New York Giants that led to Young taking over as the starter for the 1991 season. However, he only played in 11 games himself as the Niners finished just 10-6 and missed the playoffs.

What followed was one of the great stretches by a quarterback in NFL history, as Young won two MVP awards (1992 and 1994), one Offensive Player of the Year award (1992), and was named to both the All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams in all three seasons.

He finished second in both MVP and OPoY voting in the years he didn’t win.

But for the first two seasons, despite winning 14 games in 1992 and 10 more the next year, the Niners couldn’t get over the playoff hump and get back to the Super Bowl. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Championship game to end both seasons.

The 1994 season was highlighted by several things for the franchise and the league. The NFL was celebrating its 75th season. So, many teams, the 49ers included, sported throwback jerseys, a set that recent 49ers teams have brought back. It was also the Niners’ 45th season in the NFL and, quite fittingly, its 49th season overall.

After a rough 3-2 start, including a 40-8 thrashing at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles at Candlestick Park, San Francisco turned it around, winning 10 straight games before closing the season out against the Minnesota Vikings with a loss in a game where the starters played very little.

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The 49ers then smashed the Chicago Bears 44-15 to open the playoffs, before exorcising their Cowboys demons in a 38-28 NFC Championship game victory at Candlestick, earning the franchise its first Super Bowl bid since 1990.

Young and the 49ers proceeded to smash the San Diego Chargers 49-26, with the quarterback throwing for 325 yards and six touchdowns on his way to winning the Super Bowl MVP and getting the proverbial monkey off his back.

Since then, while the Niners have returned to the Super Bowl with first Colin Kaepernick at quarterback after the 2012 season and again after the 2019 season with Jimmy Garoppolo calling the signals, the team has yet to secure that sixth championship trophy.

This makes Steve Young the last 49ers quarterback to win the Super Bowl.

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