3 reasons to still be proud of 49ers despite Super Bowl loss

It's still tough to digest the heartbreaking loss. But looking back at the 2023 season, there is still much to be proud of for the 49ers.

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No. 1: Top team all season

Moral victories are still hard to swallow. Individual accolades don't mean much when you don't win the big prize. However, this 49ers squad gave us one heck of a season.

They rivaled a lot of records set during the dynasty of the 1980s, they were one of the most electric teams all season long, they had a few moments of adversity which set them up for success.

This version of the Niners truly gave us everything and more. It's a team full of selfless men. Every player who pulled the jersey on wasn't in it for themselves. Success was shared by all.

The personalites of the 49ers really came to light and it was great. Samuel had his trash talking throughout the season, linebacker Fred Warner has a podcast and was able to share more during the year. We saw Kristin Juszczyk debute her fashion talents on Taylor Swift, other celebrites and other NFL players and families.

Purdy became a wholesome meme with his extremely basic game day fits.

Punter Mitch Wishnowsky even showed off his speed this year. (Though the play was nulled by a penalty, he should be a 99 overall in speed on Madden next season.)

With how successful the 49ers are, they went through another round of coaching changes while still maintaining a winning team. It's a huge deal when other teams pick and pull coaches from the organization. It means other teams want what the Niners have: Success and respect.

Fans have to credit head coach Kyle Shanahan for allowing his quarterback to be a playmaker. We saw more explosive plays this year than we have since Shanahan took over. It's no coincidence it's because of his quarterback.

The 2023 season will still be deemed unsuccessful because the 49ers didn't win the Super Bowl. But once the dust settles and fans start reminiscing on the year, it'll still be one to be proud of.

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