The NFL’s recently released ninth All-Decade Team has two former 49ers among the 53 players selected.
Interestingly enough, both players selected were commonly known by their initials, “T.O” and “L.A.”
Wide receiver Terrell Owens (1996-2003), and guard Larry Allen (2006-2007), were the only players with ties to the 49ers to make the list of the NFL’s best players of the 2000s.
Owens scored 71 of his 144 career touchdowns with the 49ers. During his time with the 49ers in the 2000s, Owens posted 13, 16, 13 and nine touchdowns from 2000-2003. Last season, Owens caught 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns in his first season with the Buffalo Bills.
Allen started in 27 games in two seasons with the 49ers after playing 12 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He also appeared in the 2006 Pro Bowl as a member of the 49ers, capping a streak of 11 consecutive Pro Bowl selections. Allen retired from football after the 2007 season.
Every 10 years, the NFL’s All-Decade teams are selected by members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The team is comprised of two quarterbacks, four running backs, one fullback, four wide receivers, two tight ends, four offensive tackles, four guards, two centers, four defensive tackles, four defensive ends, six linebackers, four cornerbacks, four safeties, two kickers, two punters, two kick returners, two punt returners and two head coaches.
NFL’s All-Decade Team 2000s
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning
Running Backs: Shaun Alexander, Jamal Lewis, Edgerrin James, LaDainian Tomlinson
Wide Receivers: Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens (1996-2003)
Tight Ends: Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez
Fullback: Lorenzo Neal
Offensive Tackles: Walter Jones, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, William Roaf
Offensive Guards: Larry Allen (2006-2007), Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Will Shields
Centers: Olin Kreutz, Kevin Mawae
Defensive Ends: Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor
Defensive Tackles: La’Roi Glover, Warren Sapp, Richard Seymour, Kevin Williams
Linebackers: Derrick Brooks, Ray Lewis, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher, DeMarcus Ware
Cornerbacks: Ronde Barber, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Charles Woodson
Safeties: Brian Dawkins, Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, Darren Sharper
Punters: Shane Lechler, Brian Moorman
Kickers: David Akers, Adam Vinatieri
Punt Returners: Dante Hall, Devin Hester
Kick Returners: Joshua Cribbs, Dante Hall
Head Coaches: Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy
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