The San Francisco 49ers were the first major league professional sports franchise based in San Francisco, and one of the first professional sports teams based on the West Coast of the United States. The team also became the first “big four” sport (i.e., baseball, football, basketball, or hockey) franchise to play in the Western United States. The Cleveland Rams moved ...
DeBartolo was actively involved in franchise ownership and sports management, becoming one of the most successful and generous owners in professional sports. His ownership of the 49ers proved especially notable. During his twenty-three years owning the team, beginning in 1977, the 49ers won an unprecedented five Super Bowls under coaches Bill Walsh and George Seifert, Super Bowl XVI, Super Bowl ...
The 49ers defeated the Bengals by the score of 26–21 to win their first Super Bowl. The game was played on January 24, 1982, at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It marked the first time that a Super Bowl was held in a cold-weather city. The domed stadium saved the crowd at the game from ...
The 49ers defeated the Dolphins by the score of 38–16, to win their second Super Bowl. The game was played on January 20, 1985, at Stanford Stadium, on the campus of Stanford University in Stanford, California. The game was hyped as the battle between two great quarterbacks: Miami’s Dan Marino and San Francisco’s Joe Montana. The Dolphins entered their fifth ...
The 49ers defeated the Bengals by the score of 20–16, winning their third-ever Super Bowl. The game was played on January 22, 1989, at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida, the first Super Bowl hosted in the Miami area in 10 years, and the first in Miami not held at the Orange Bowl. This was the second meeting between these ...
Played on January 28, 1990, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, the 49ers defeated the Broncos by the score of 55–10, winning their second consecutive Super Bowl, and tying the Pittsburgh Steelers with four Super Bowl victories. San Francisco also became the first team to win back-to-back Super Bowls with two different head coaches; rookie head coach George ...
The 49ers defeated the Chargers by the score of 49–26, becoming the first team to win five Super Bowls. The game was played on January 29, 1995, at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida (now part of the suburb of Miami Gardens). This game is regarded as 49ers quarterback Steve Young’s final leap out of the shadow of his predecessor, ...
On November 8, 2006, reports surfaced that the 49ers ended negotiations with the city of San Francisco about building a new stadium and plan to do so in Santa Clara, 38.3 miles south of the team’s current home field, Candlestick Park in San Francisco; Santa Clara already hosts the team’s administrative headquarters and training facility. The Yorks and then-San Francisco ...
History of the 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are among the most successful teams in NFL history, winning five Super Bowls and appearing in seven. The team was founded in 1946 as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), which merged with the National Football League (NFL) two years later. The team has been based out of Santa Clara, California, since 2014 after spending nearly 70 years at Candlestick Park.
Throughout their storied history, San Francisco has had some genuinely legendary players donning its colors, including Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and Steve Young, who led them to four Super Bowl victories during eight years from 1981 to 1988 under head coach Bill Walsh’s innovative West Coast Offense system. They also have three more championships from other eras; their first title came when they defeated Cleveland for the AAFC championship game back in 1949, while their last two were earned by defeating Cincinnati and Denver, respectively, during the 1994 & 1995 seasons under head coach George Seifert’s reign as a leader on both occasions.
In addition to these outstanding accomplishments throughout its long tenure within the professional football world, the 49ers organization is known for being a pioneer among league franchises as it was one of the first teams that implemented modern scouting methods into the player evaluation process; this allowed them to find talent not only regionally but nationally through college drafts that began taking place annually starting 1951 season onwards. Moreover, the franchise is also credited with establishing a unique “family atmosphere” amongst staff members, contributing significantly towards the winning culture based over time due to continuous focus on developing relationships between coaches/players off-field, just like what happened on the playing surface.
No matter how you look at it, there is no denying fact that the San Francisco 49ers have become synonymous with success within the NFL landscape thanks mainly to an incredible due amount of dedication shown by countless individuals involved in creating such a memorable legacy; here's hoping the next generation can continue building upon those achievements moving forward!
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49ers - The San Francisco 49ers have been a staple of the NFL since its inception in 1946. With such a long and storied history, it’s no surprise that the team has developed an iconic nickname over time: The Niners. But where did this name come from?
The most popular theory is that the nickname is derived from “49er,” which describes prospectors who came to California during the 1849 Gold Rush. As San Francisco was one of the main cities affected by this influx of people, it made sense for locals to refer to their beloved football team as The Niners – especially considering they were playing in nearby Kezar Stadium then!
In addition, many believe there may be another reason behind why fans adopted this moniker: when you look at any traditional map of California (as seen above), you can see how all four sides are divided into perfect eighths - making up what looks like an upside-down number nine or "Niner." This could explain why many supporters chose this specific term for their beloved franchise!
Whatever its origin, one thing's for sure: The Niner faithful will continue chanting “Go Niners!" every game day with pride - just as they've done since 1946!
Super Bowl 5
1995, 1990, 1989, 1985, 1982
2014 - Present / Levi's Stadium
1971 - 1995, 2009 - 2013 / Candlestick Park
2004 - 2008 / Monster Park
2002 - 2004 / San Francisco Stadium at Candlestick Point
1995 - 2002 / 3Com Park
1946 - 1970 / Kezar Stadium
2008 - Present / John York
2000 - 2008 / Denise DeBartolo York and John York
1977 - 2000 / Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. and Denise DeBartolo York
1964 - 1977 / Josephine Morabito, Elizabeth Morabito, and Ruffo
1957 - 1964 / Josephine Morabito, Victor Morabito, and Ruffo
1953 - 1957 / Tony and Victor Morabito, and Al Ruffo
1947 - 1953 / Tony and Victor Morabito
1946 / Tony and Victor Morabito, Allen E. Sorrell and E.J. Turre
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
8 / Steve Young
12 / John Brodie
16 / Joe Montana
34 / Joe Perry
37 / Jimmy Johnson
39 / Hugh McElhenny
42 / Ronnie Lott
70 / Charlie Krueger
73 / Leo Nomellini
79 / Bob St. Clair
80 / Jerry Rice
87 / Dwight Clark
– / Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
– / Bill Walsh
*Blue is this team’s history