According to agent Drew Rosenhaus, free agent wide receiver Terrell Owens tore his acl in April, but will be ready for the beginning of the 2011 season (should there be a season). There has been speculation that the torn acl would force Owens, who is 37, into retirement. T.O.'s possible retirement caused me to start thinking about the strong lineage of 49ers' wide receivers from the 1980's and through today. I have listed those wide receivers below.
1. Freddie Solomon, a wide receiver from the University of Tampa, was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1975 and played for the 49ers from 1978 to 1985. Solomon was an All-Pro selection in 1980.
2. Dwight Clark was drafted by the 49ers in 1979 and retired in 1987. He played his entire career with the 49ers, was a 2 time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection, and he helped the 49ers win 2 Super Bowls.
3. Jerry Rice was drafted by the 49ers in 1985 and has been labeled by many as both the greatest wide receiver in NFL history and the perhaps the greatest player in NFL history. Rice was a 3 time Super Bowl champion, an 11 time NFL All-Pro selection, and a 13 time Pro Bowl selection.
4. John Taylor was drafted by the 49ers in 1986. Taylor was a 2 time All-Pro selection, a 2 time Pro Bowl selection, and he helped the 49ers win 3 Super Bowls.
5. Terrell Owens was drafted by the 49ers in 1996. Many consider T.O. to be one of the best wide receivers in NFL history. T.O. has been named to the Pro Bowl 6 times and he was named All-Pro 5 times.
6. Michael Crabtree is the latest highly touted 49ers' wide receiver. Crabtree had a stellar career at Texas Tech where he was a 2 time first team All-American. He was drafted by the 49ers in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft.