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Frankie Albert Biography
Frankie Albert was the first starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. The 5-10 166 pound left handed QB was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the 10th pick of the first round of the 1942 NFL Draft. After serving in World War II in the Navy, Frankie Albert found his opportunity in the new All-American Football Conference or the AAFC. Albert who was born on January 27, 1920 would be the first of many great quarterbacks in San Francisco 49ers history.
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Patrick Willis Biography

Patrick Willis is an outstanding linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers. The 6-1 240 pound Willis is extremely versatile, able to play either inside or outside linebacker. Willis was born on January 25, 1985 in Bruceton, Tennessee and played his college football at Mississippi. While at Ole Miss’ Willis was given the Butkus Award following the 2006 season, awarded to college football’s best linebacker. Willis said he dedicated the season to his younger brother Detris Willis, who drowned at the age of 17. "I know he's smiling," Patrick Willis said. "He's probably more happy than I am, wishing that he could be here accepting it for me. He's with me, and I'm going to continue to keep him in my heart whether I play another down of football or not." (1)


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John Brodie
John Riley Brodie was born August 14, 1935.  He is a former National Football League quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, and had a second career as a Senior PGA Tour professional golfer. Bottom of FormBrodie was born in San Francisco, California. He played his college football at Stanford University. He graduated in 1956, and was selected as a consensus All-American the same year. The 49ers drafted him third overall in the first round of the 1957 NFL Draft.
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Brent Jones
Brent Jones was born on February 12, 1963. After attending Santa Clara University, Jones was a 5th round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1987, he caught on with the San Francisco 49ers and played in his first NFL games. Brent Jones would play tight end for the 49ers from 1987 until 1997, racking up 417 catches for 5195 yards and 33 touchdowns.
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San Francisco 49ers 2008 NFL Draft Grade
San Francisco actually didn't do a bad job. They didn't get anyone who has that wow factor but did a great job at drafting "meat and potatoes" type players. With the loss of Bryant Young to retirement they had to address a 3-4 end; they got him in round one with Kentwan Balmer. He could turn out to be a nice player but really only had one good year at North Carolina. Chilo Rachal and Cody Wallace are both future starters in the interior offensive line and should see action early in the season with the loss of Smiley in free agency and David Baas who had surgery on his torn pectoral.
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