San Francisco 49ers

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A National Football League team based in San Francisco, California USA.

Founded: 1946, as part of the All-America Football Conference
Home stadium: 3Com Park
Uniform colors: Red and gold. Home uniforms: Gold pants and white shirts. Road uniforms: Gold pants and red shirts.
Helmet design: Gold helmet with entertwined "SF" in white on red oval
League championships won: Super Bowls XVII, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX. Has never lost a Super Bowl. Team with the most Super Bowl wins without a loss.

Franchise history

The San Francisco 49ers have the distinction of being the first major league professional sports franchise on the West Coast. The 49ers entered professional football in 1946 and matured, nationally and locally, when the club was granted a National League franchise in 1950.

The team earned its name from the surge of goldminers to the San Francisco area during 1849, thus the nickname the San Francisco 49ers. It is the only name the team has been affiliated with and San Francisco is the only city in which it has resided.

Players of note

Football Hall of Famers:

Leo Nomellini Joe Perry Hugh McElhenny Y. A. Tittle John Henry Johnson Bob St. Clair Bill Walsh Jimmy Johnson Joe Montana Ronnie Lott Dave Wilcox

Current stars:

Jeff Garcia Garrison Hearst Terrell Owens

Retired numbers:
Not to be forgotten:

Steve Young Jerry Rice John Brodie Frankie Albert Abe Woodson R. C. Owens Dave Parks Bernie Casey John Thomas Ken Willard Kermit Alexander Len Rohde Gene Washington Randy Cross Dwight Clark Fred Dean Jack Reynolds Ray Wersching Michael Carter Roger Craig Charles Haley Jesse Sapolu Matt Millen Harris Barton

The 49ers won five Super Bowls, four in the 1980's, and are considered The Team of The 80's. They won XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, and XXIX.

The team was led in its turnaround from late 70's doormat by Bill Walsh. The former coach of Stanford made excellent draft picks, picked up key free agents or players released by other teams and is known as the creator of the 'West Coast offense'. During their first Super Bowl run the team was known for it's short passing game and the play making ability of young quarterback Joe Montana. Later they became dominant in all aspects of the game. Some other famous 49ers include Steve Young, Ronnie Lott, Dwight Clark, Jerry Rice, Roger Craig, Fred Dean, Eric Wright, Dwight Hicks, Deion Sanders, and Ricky Watters. There are many others as the team has had a policy of releasing star players a year too early rather than a year too late. That has led to some of their stars finishing up their careers with other teams.