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Bryant Young Leads 49ers HOF Hopefuls

Posted by Alex Espinoza on September 27, 2012 – 2:54 PM

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released its 2013 inductee candidates on Thursday and the list is littered with 49ers. All-time San Francisco great Bryant Young is one of 13 first-year candidates on the ballot, which features 127 nominees from the field and the front office.

Young played his entire career for the 49ers from 1994-2007 and etched his name among the franchise’s greatest defensive players. The four-time Pro Bowler started 208 games, recording 89.5 sacks en route to becoming one of the best defensive linemen in 49ers history.

49ers Chief Executive Officer Jed York took to Twitter to voice his support for Young shortly after the announcement was made.

“Bryant Young is eligible for the HoF this year,” York wrote. “He deserves to be there. One of the best D-linemen ever. Good luck BY!”

There are 11 players or front office members with 49ers ties in the Class of 2013 nominees, including former owner Ed Debartolo, Jr., and Roger Craig. In all, 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors are on the ballot, which will be whittled down to 25 semi-finalists and ultimately 15 finalists by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

List of 49ers Class of 2013 Hall of Fame Nominees

G Larry Allen – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers

K Gary Anderson – 1982-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995-96 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2002 Minnesota Vikings, 2003-04 Tennessee Titans

RB Roger Craig – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Owner Ed DeBartolo Jr. – 1979-2000 San Francisco 49ers

LB/DE Kevin Greene – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

DE/LB Charles Haley  – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

DE Charles Mann – 1983-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 San Francisco 49ers

NT Fred Smerlas – 1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots

DT/NT Ted Washington – 1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-05 Oakland Raiders, 2006-07 Cleveland Browns

RB Ricky Watters – 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks

DE Bryant Young – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers

Click here to see the full list of nominees

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3 Responses to “Bryant Young Leads 49ers HOF Hopefuls”

  1. By ninerfanfromtonga on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    BY should be in automatically. He was one of the best throughout his whole career as a Defensive Player. Goooooooooooooooooooo Niners Gooooooooooooooooooooooo

  2. By odgse on Sep 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ahh Bryant Young. Brings back memories. Such an awesome competitor. Hands down HOFer right there!

  3. By 49erdefense2012 on Sep 28, 2012 | Reply

    B.Y. should be in. even after ken norton jr. delivered that hit that broke B.Y.’s leg , he came back from that injury and played the rest of his career at a pro bowl level
    he is hands down what a hall of famer embodies and represents

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