Coming in at #7 in the FanWide Top NFL Teams Ranking are the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers, also known as the Bay Bombers, have a history like no other. The 49ers have had two of the best quarterbacks in NFL history in Joe Montana and Steve Young. In addition, the Niners have also had two of the best receivers in NFL history in Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens. The star power of Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Ronnie Lott are essential in why the 49ers have won five Super Bowls. Those five Super Bowls were all won between a thirteen year period (1981-1994). The Bay Bombers have a fan base like no other, considering the fans are still as passionate today as they were in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Even though the past five seasons for the 49ers have been underwhelming, the wit of Kyle Shanahan and the talent of Jimmy Garoppolo will scare many opponents in this upcoming season.
In the search for the top football fan club, FanWide has interviewed the leaders of several prominent football fan clubs across the league and across the nation. One such leader is Joe Leonor, a lifelong Niners fan and leader of prominent Niners’ fan club Niner Empire.
FanWide asked him the following questions:
When it comes to history, it’s hard to match the San Francisco 49ers. They are tied for second among all teams with 5 Super Bowl Wins. They dominated the league in the 80’s and 90’s, winning 5 Super Bowls in a 13 year span, including back to back wins in ‘88 and ‘89. Led by two of the greatest players of all time, Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, the Niners were an unstoppable force.
Following a playoff drought in the early 2000’s, the team returned to prominence under Jim Harbaugh, a brief but impressive run highlighted by a trip to the Super Bowl in 2012. Though the team has struggled lately, the future is bright in Santa Clara. With young franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and emerging starts like tight end George Kittle, defensive end DeForest Buckner, and linebacker Fred Warner, a return to postseason glory seems imminent for the 49ers.