Ex-49ers Patrick Willis, Justin Smith get their Hall of Fame chance

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Bronzed busts of the game’s all-time greats shine inside the Pro Football Hall of Fame, located an hour drive past peaceful farms southwest of here.

Which 49ers are heading their next — for induction, that is?

The Hall of Fame on Thursday announced the Class of 2020 modern-era nominees, and former 49ers Patrick Willis and Justin Smith are among them in their first year of eligibility.

San Francisco 49ers’ Justin Smith (94) walks on the sidelines during their game against the San Diego Chargers in the third quarter of their preseason NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Other ex-49ers nominated include Jeff Garcia, Ricky Watters, Brent Jones, Bryant Young, Merton Hanks, Tim McDonald, Kevin Gogan, Isaac Bruce, Takeo Spikes, David Akers and Gary Anderson. Current general manager John Lynch, a six-time finalist, is again in the mix.

It’s worth noting the 49ers are not visiting Canton while they’re in Ohio. Instead, they’re practicing at Youngstown State between road games last Sunday at Tampa Bay and this coming Sunday at Cincinnati.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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