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I couldn’t decide on whether to do “what’s the largest playoff margin,” or “who holds the record for most interception return yards in a season.” If I can guess both, you can. The San Francisco 49ers have a couple of Super Bowl victories by more than three possessions. 55-10. I don’t think anyone will forget that.

Running down the top-five, Zack Bronson had 165 interception return yards in 2001. Tony Parrish holds spots three and four for his work in 2002 and 2003. He had 204 and 202 yards respectively. I remember Parrish. He was yesteryears’ prototypical strong safety. Dwight Hicks comes in at second with 239 yards in 1981.

It’s not Merton Hanks. It was not Eric Reid in 2014. It’s not even Ronnie Lott. That only leaves one. Primetime. Deion Sanders had six interceptions in 1994 for 303 yards. He returned three to the house, one for 93-yards. Any chance I can talk about one of my favorite players of all-time, I’m going to. This just gave me an excuse to watch some of his highlights. Check them out below. Deion makes Michael Irvin look like a practice squad receiver. It’s incredible.

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The San Francisco 49ers have featured some of the best quarterbacks in NFL history. Over five Super Bowl victories, the franchise has certainly benefited from this illustrious history.

We went through and made a list of the five best quarterbacks over 75 years of franchise history.

5. John Brodie
Over 17 seasons between 1957 and 1973, John Brodie became the 49ers leader in games started with 201. Brodie played in a completely different era of football than the other names on this list, but for his day, he was a volume passer who led the league in passing yards three times. His 31,548 career passing yards still ranks him 45th all time despite the run-heavy era he played in. However, his below .500 record as a starter prevents him from ranking higher.

4. Colin Kaepernick
Although his football prowess has been overshadowed by his activism, there’s a good case to be made that Kaepernick is the third-best 49ers quarterback ever. Kaepernick’s record as a starter is an impeccable – . During his heyday in 2012-2013, Kaepernick was a true dual-threat quarterback and was utterly dominant. His career quickly tailed off, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that he had a career passer rating of 88.9 and a career TD-to-INT ratio of 72:30.

3. Y.A. Tittle
Y.A. Tittle spent 10 years in San Francisco, earning a reputation as an accurate passer and brilliant leader. His stats aren’t the best, but he went 45-31-2 as a starter and made four Pro Bowls with San Francisco. Although his best years came at the end of his career with the New York Giants, Tittle was still a key figure in 49ers history.

2. Steve Young
The 49ers were blessed to have back-to-back Hall of Fame quarterbacks in the 1980s and 1990s. Steve Young spent four years as Joe Montana’s backup before emerging in his own right. A two-time MVP and the starter in San Francisco’s Super Bowl XXIX victory, Young was an efficient passer who led the league in completions percentage and yards per attempt five times. When he retired, he had the highest passer rating of quarterbacks with over 1,500 attempts.

1. Joe Montana
Joe Montana is the only name that could be at the top of this list. A four-time Super Bowl winner and two-time MVP, Montana became a living legend. From “The Catch” to his remarkable passing ability, his story has been retold countless times in documentaries and retrospectives. One of the best clutch quarterbacks ever, his record as a starter was an astonishing 117-47.

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In years gone by, NFL fullbacks were the Swiss Army knives of a team’s toolbox, at the ready to perform any number of tasks. The best local example was Tom Rathman when he was a 49er, fully capable as a runner, receiver and blocker.

The Rathman of 20 to 25 years ago would have been one of those fat Swiss Army knives with the scissors, awl, magnifying glass, toothpick, tweezers and orchestra conductor’s wand (kidding on that last).

Playing in the West Coast offense for San Francisco’s Super Bowl championship team of 1989, Rathman rushed for 305 yards, averaging nearly 4 yards a crack, and caught 73 passes for 616 yards.

In a football version of reverse Darwinism, the position of fullback in the NFL these days has actually devolved to the point where men who play the position now are essentially truncated guards, in the lineup almost exclusively to block.

That’s what Moran Norris will be doing most of the time today, as the 49ers face their third division opponent in four weeks when the Rams come to Candlestick Park.

In fact, if Norris were on the 49ers’ roster in, say, 1972, he would probably be a guard. At 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds, he’s on par with the man who started at right guard for the 49ers in ’72, the 6-2, 252-pound Woody Peoples.

While Norris is no Rathman, he is trying to show his coaches that there’s more than a sledgehammer in his Swiss Army knife. The nine-year veteran ripped off the longest run of his career against Seattle on Sept. 20 when he rumbled 15 yards, practically a marathon for contemporary fullbacks.

Norris also caught three passes for 17 yards in the Seattle game to show that his hands can be used for something more than striking defensive players.

49ers fullback Moran Norris runs against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Norris finished the day with one reception for a gain of six yards. Photo: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle
Photo: Lacy Atkins, The Chronicle
49ers fullback Moran Norris runs against the Minnesota Vikings on Sept. 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Norris finished the day with one reception for a gain of six yards.
“I’ve been doing a little more, and I’m liking it,” Norris said. “It feels good. I plan to build on it and try to get positive yards. I’ve been working on my hands every day. I put in the hard work. I do my part so Sunday is fun.”

Norris will have the important role today of throwing lead blocks for running back Glen Coffee – making like a ram as he collides with various Rams – as the rookie from Alabama takes over for the injured Frank Gore.

“I try to get better each game,” Norris said. “I just try to build on each game. I’m pretty hard on myself. I’m never satisfied with how I play.”

Twenty years ago, Rathman had 79 rushing attempts for the 49ers. Norris won’t get anywhere near that figure in 2009, but he might just be working on a very modest career high for rushing attempts. He has three to this point. His high-water mark was in 2007, when quarterbacks stuck the ball in Norris’ gut a whopping seven times.

Norris also had his second-highest receiving total that season with six, for 38 yards. He had six catches for 40 yards as a Houston Texan in 2003. His total after three games this season is four receptions for 23 yards.

“He is the one guy I can count on to bring physicality to the game,” offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye said. “He’ll run into people and hit them hard. He has been a tempo-setter for us in terms of physicality.”

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Manny Lawson: The outside linebacker is the only member of the 49ers’ defensive front without a sack after three games, although he came close to nailing Brett Favre on his last-second TD throw in Minnesota.

“I had nightmares about that,” Lawson said. “Seeing him so close; I could never get to him. That was an unpleasant night for me.”

Lawson will primarily be going against Rams left tackle Alex Barron, but he will also on occasion line up over the right tackle, either rookie Jason Smith or journeyman Adam Goldberg.

Lawson, below, and fellow outside ‘backer Parys Haralson will switch sides during the game, depending on the down. Lawson said that when he’s in a two-point stance, he’ll be over the right tackle but when he’s in a three-point stance, he’ll be over the left tackle.

Stats of note
Quarterbacks

49ers Com-Att Yds TD
Hill 52-92 548 3
Rams Com-Att Yds TD
Boller 16-31 164 2
Running backs

49ers Att Yds TD
Coffee 35 64 0
Rams Att Yds TD
Jackson 60 288 0
Receivers

49ers No. Yds TD
Davis 14 168 2
Bruce 10 147 0
Rams No. Yds TD
Robinson 13 167 1
Avery 10 62 0
Notable injuries: For the 49ers, running back Frank Gore (ankle) and safety Reggie Smith (groin) are out. For the Rams, quarterback Marc Bulger has a shoulder injury and will not start. Rookie right tackle Jason Smith is doubtful with a knee injury.

Final word: “The ability he has to complete 60 to 70 percent of his passes in the fourth quarter is because of our stick-to-it-ive-ness in running the ball.” – Offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye’s reaction to quarterback Shaun Hill’s 76.7 completion percentage in the final period, No. 3 in the league.

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It’s a tragic tale that has played out with too many former NFL stars: A player earns a fortune during a successful pro career only to find himself struggling financially a short time later.

Former NFL quarterback Vince Young, who made millions during his playing years, recently filed for bankruptcy protection, according to reports last week in The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere. And he’s just the latest former player with money troubles.

“You have a lot of situations where players set up a lifestyle that’s not really sustainable,” said Muhsin “Moose” Muhammad, a former wide receiver who appeared in two Super Bowls, with the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. “You have to have enough restraint, and you have to be disciplined enough to only think about what you need, as opposed to what you want.”

Quarterback Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans in a 2010 game against the Washington Redskins
Quarterback Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans in a 2010 game against the Washington Redskins
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According to the NFL Players Association, the average NFL career lasts just over three years and translates into average career earnings of about $4 million after taxes.

But many players find that’s not enough to cover their spending habits.

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Winfred Tubbs, a Pro Bowler who played seven seasons with the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, said many players don’t have the required financial discipline.

“The worst thing about athletes is we get rich at a young age—at an age that we’re vulnerable, but we feel like we’re Superman,” he said. “At 23, we’re going to make it rain in the club if we’re making $50,000 a year or … $10 million a year. The difference is, the person making $50,000 a year would be using $1 bills, and an NFL player might be using $10 bills.”

Now an entrepreneur, Tubbs counts car dealerships, rental properties and an oilfield services company among his continuing post-NFL ventures.

Not all former players demonstrate his business acumen, however, said Tubbs’ wealth manager, Ed Butowsky of Chapwood Investments.

“They put too much money in private, illiquid investments, and they do this because they’re familiar with this category,” he said. “They’ll put money into a restaurant or a real estate brokerage.”

“Everybody wants a restaurant,” said Tubbs. “It’s something they can put their name on, that they can own, that they can show people, ‘I made it, I own a restaurant.’ But they don’t know that restaurants are horrible investments.”

That type of private venture is almost certain to fail, Butowsky said, adding that “only 1 in 30 of those investments actually work.”

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Another common pitfall for NFL players is not knowing where to turn for investment advice.

“There are a lot of people out there who can take advantage of you,” said Tubbs. “I’ve had a couple of bad brokers, and I didn’t know that. It took someone else to figure that out.”

Former wide receiver Muhammad said that bad brokers looking for easy money from an unsophisticated player sometimes present business ideas that are downright laughable.

” ‘Shark Tank’ is nothing compared to some of these proposals,” he said. “Someone came to me one time to invest in a Michael Jackson statue cologne that would eventually retail on QVC. I said, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding me. I wouldn’t invest a dollar in it.’ ”

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While players can fall prey to poor business schemes, they can also sustain career-ending injuries that simultaneously leave them out of a job and saddled with steep medical expenses.

“The players we’ve seen that have had challenges are the ones who have had to take care of serious injuries and … medical bills piling up,” said NFLPA spokesman George Atallah.

Football’s contract system doesn’t provide as much job security as other professional sports in the case of injury, said J.B. Bernstein, CEO of the sports agency Access Group.

“If you’re a baseball player, you blow out your knee, and you have five years left on your contract,” he said. “In the NFL, if you blow out your knee, you get cut at the end of the year.”

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That’s exactly what happened to Tubbs.

“I got hurt in my last year,” said the former linebacker. “I played on my hurt knee all year. The moment the last game ended, and the MRI showed that the damage was a lot worse than I thought, they cut me. I was 31, 32 years old, and I was forced to retire.”

Tubbs said it’s a good example of why players need to plan for life beyond the field if they don’t want to end up struggling.

“I was lucky that I was born bigger and faster than the average Joe, and play a game that people are stupid enough to pay millions of dollars to watch,” he said. “The downfall of that is that it was only temporary.”