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
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