(CBS SF) — Former San Francisco 49er wide receiver Michael Crabtree joins a lenghty list of former 49ers to cross the Bay the following season and play for the Oakland Raiders.
The 49ers’ first-round pick in the 2009 draft, Crabtree switched to the Raiders after six seasons with San Francisco.
The Raiders passed over Crabtree in favor of wide receiver Darius Heyward-Bey, who has played sparingly for the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers the last two seasons after being released by the Raiders in 2013.
Crabtree hopes to make as big an impact as other prominent players who switched from San Francisco to Oakland in back-to-back seasons, the most recent being Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown. Here are our top six:
1. Jim Plunkett
After short-lived success with the 49ers in 1976, Plunkett resurrected his career in Oakland. His first two years with the Raiders he played as a backup, but then broke out in 1980 to lead the Raiders to a win in Super Bowl XV where he was named Most Valuable Player. Plunkett also helped lead the then L.A. Raiders to the team’s third championship in Super Bowl XVIII.
2. Jerry Rice
Rice didn’t think he was done with football after the 49ers decided it was time for him to move on following a records-shattering career in San Francisco, and he was right. Rice had back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons with the Raiders after coming over from the Niners, and in 2002 made his 13th Pro Bowl while leading Oakland to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII.
3. Ronnie Lott
Another 49er all-time great, he and star running back Roger Craig switched to the Raiders as free agents in 1991, and just months later lined up against their old team in a 12-6 Raider victory. Lott earned his 10th Pro Bowl selection with the Raiders that year while Craig did not fare as well.
4. Charlie Garner
After five seasons with Philadelphia, Garner had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons for the 49ers and joined the Raiders the following year in 2001. With Oakland, Garner played three seasons but did not again reach the 1000-yard mark, retiring after the 2004 season after playing three games for Tampa Bay.
5. Cedrick Hardman
One of the best defensive linemen in the NFL during the 1970s, Hardman is still the all-time sack leader for the 49ers with 120. After his last season with the Niners in 1979, he joined the Raiders and notched 14½ more sacks with the Raiders in 1980 and 1981 and won a Super Bowl as a member of the Raiders. The next year, he was the first player signed by the Oakland Invaders of newly-formed United States Football League and was a player-coach during the team’s inaugural season.
6. Ted Kwalick
Kwalick was the 7th overall pick in the NFL Draft in 1969 and was a 3-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end from 1971-1973. After six seasons with the 49ers, Kwalick’s final three seasons were with Oakland where he had zero receptions in 1975 and 1977 and only four receptions in 1976.