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5. Roger Craig

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5.  Roger Craig
A very strong case can be made to justify the induction of Roger Craig to the Football Hall of Fame.  This makes it all the more bizarre that the powerful Running Back had to wait ten years to even get nominated.

There could be no doubt that during his prime that Roger Craig was an integral part of every offensive play.  Craig initially was a fullback in the pro ranks, but it became clear that he was equally adept at carrying the ball as blocking for others.  In 1986 he became the first football player to both rush and catch for 1,000 yards each.  Opposing defenses feared his high knee running style and had to keep all eyes on Craig during every play.

He was a major part of three Super Bowl Championship teams.  Despite his groundbreaking style, Craig is often overlooked as he played on some of the most prolific offenses in football and critics have said he was the beneficiary of the great offensive stars (Montana & Rice) around him.  Regardless, Roger Craig was a brilliant weapon for the 49ers offense and though placing him into the Hall is very much open for debate, he should have received way more consideration than he has thus far, though the 2020 Blue Ribbon Finalist spot is a promising sign.

Should Roger Craig be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.7%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 1.8%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Davenport, Iowa, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Friday, 01 January 1999
  • Position: Fullback, Running Back
  • Played For: Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers
  • College: Nebraska
  • Drafted: 2nd Round, 49th Overall in 1993
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NEA MVP (1) (1988)
    NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1) (1988)
    NFL 1980’s All-Decade Team
    First Team All-Pro Selection (1) (1988)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (1) (1985)
    Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1985, 1987, 1988 & 1989)
    Most Receptions (1) (1985)
    Most Yards from Scrimmage (1) (1988)
    Super Bowl Rings (3) (San Francisco 49ers, Super Bowl XIX, XXIII & XXIV)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (2) (1985 & 1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Attempts (3) (1987, 1988 & 1989)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards (3) (1987, 1988 & 1999)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Touchdowns (2) (1985 & 1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Rushing Attempt (2) (1985 & 1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rushing Yards per Game (1) (1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Receptions (4) (1985, 1986, 1987 & 1988)
    Top Ten Finishes: Touchdowns (2) (1983 & 1985)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards from Scrimmage (5) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988 & 1989)
    Top Ten Finishes: All-Purpose Yards (3) (1985, 1987 & 1988)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 41. Rushing Attempts: 1,994
    44. Rushing Yards: 8,189
    46. Yards From Scrimmage: 13,100
    57. Rushing Touchdowns: 56
    69. All-Purpose Yards: 13,143 
    92. Touchdowns: 73
  • Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame: Finalist: 2010 & 2020
    Semi Finalist: 2009

Should Roger Craig be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.8%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 6.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.7%
No opinion. - 0.3%
No way! - 1.8%
Last modified on Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:15