Will Kendall Hunter perform more like Ricky Watters or Ricky Patton? That remains to be seen, but one thing has been established: The rookie will sport the same number as the former Niners running backs.
Hunter and eight other rookies have their jersey numbers and a few, Hunter included, have some legacies to uphold. First-round pick Aldon Smith has not selected his number (decisions, decisions).
Here’s the list, with the names of notable 49ers to previously wear the digits in parentheses (and by notable we don’t necessarily mean someone who will bring a smile to your face):
7: Colin Kaepernick (Guy Benjamin, Ken Dorsey)
29: Chris Culliver (Ahmed Plummer, Glen Coffee)
32: Kendall Hunter (O.J. Simpson, Ricky Watters)
41: Curtis Holcomb (David Whitmore, Terry Kirby)
43: Colin Jones (Dave Waymer, Antonio Langham)
49: Bruce Miller (Earl Cooper, Jeff Fuller)
67: Daniel Kilgore (Pete Kugler, Chris Dalman)
78: Mike Person (Manu Tuiasosopo, Pierce Holt)
88: Ronald Johnson (Freddie Solomon, Isaac Bruce)