The San Francisco 49ers are one of the most successful teams in NFL history. They have had a number of great seasons over the years, although they have also had some down years too. They have also earned themselves a very loyal fan base too.
The 49ers seem to have enjoyed their most successful years on the strength of a great passing game. They have also had some very good running backs over the years too. Which ones have been the most prolific though in any particular season?
Here is a look at the top five one season performances by a San Francisco 49ers running back.
#5 – Charlie Garner – 1999
In 1999, Charlie Garner had one of his best years ever when he ran for 1,229 yards on 241 carries for San Francisco. Garner was able to score just four touchdowns that year, despite having one of the top five rushing performances in team history.
#4 – Wendell Tyler – 1984
The 49ers were not yet the 1980’s juggernaut they would become when Wendell Tyler ran for 1,262 yards on 246 carries in 1984. With seven touchdowns scored on the ground, Tyler was a contributor there too.
#3 – Roger Craig – 1988
Roger Craig was a fan favorite and had a great reputation as a receiver out of the backfield. His best year running the ball was 1988 when he gained 1,502 yards on 310 carries. His nine rushing touchdowns were also of benefit to the team.
#2 – Garrison Hearst – 1998
The NFL as a whole had almost given up on Garrison Hearst by the time he came to the 49ers in the late 1990’s. In 1998, he set what was then a team record for the 49ers by gaining 1,570 yards on 310 carries. He also scored seven touchdowns on the ground that season too.
#1 – Frank Gore – 2006
It was just Frank Gore’s second season in the NFL and with the 49ers when he set the all time one season record for rushing yards for the team. The year was 2006 and Frank Gore carried the ball 312 times for 1,695 yards. He also was able to score eight rushing touchdowns that season too.