10 all-time best 49ers wide receivers (Jerry Rice is No. 1 of course)

Here we take a look at the top 10 best wide receivers in 49ers franchise history.
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When looking at a list of the all-time best wide receivers in franchise history for the San Francisco 49ers, the list starts out pretty clear at the top.

However, it gets a bit subjective as it progresses down the rungs.

The Niners have had some of the greatest wide receivers of all time pass through their doors, with unquestionably the greatest of all time spending the bulk of his career with the franchise.

Three out of the top five players with the most receiving yards of all time spent at least one season in a 49ers uniform. Although Isaac Bruce and Randy Moss (who spent a combined three seasons total with the team) won't make any all-time lists for San Francisco, they still were able to build upon their career stats with the team.

There will, however, be a lot of other forgotten faces from times past that donned the red and gold.

So let's take a walk down memory lane and look back at the 10 best wide receivers in Niners history.

1. Jerry Rice (1985 to 2000)

There is no doubt who is No.1 on this list. Without a shadow of a doubt, the man sitting at the top of this list by miles is Jerry Rice.

He is not only thought of as the best wide receiver of all time in NFL history, but he is also widely regarded as one of the top players of all time regardless of position.

Rice made his debut with the team in 1985 and had a "modest" rookie season (for him) grabbing 49 receptions for 927 yards and three touchdowns. In his sophomore season, he would heat up and really never be cooled down.

In the 1986 season, he had 86 receptions, 1,570 yards receiving and 15 touchdowns. His prolific performance would earn him Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.

Rice would go on to earn 12 Pro Bowl and 10 All-Pro selections as a member of the 49ers. He would also be instrumental in leading the team to three Super Bowl victories, winning the MVP of Super Bowl XXIII.

Rice finished his time with the 49ers with 19,247 yards receiving, putting him at No. 1 on the list in franchise history for that stat. He would end his career with 22,895 yards receiving putting him at No. 1 on the career list, miles ahead of his competition.

As of 2023, Rice sits comfortably at No. 1 on that list with the next active player at No. 16 and over 9,000 yards behind.

For his prolific career in both stats and as a winner, Rice is the unanimous No. 1 on this list.