Roger Craig Football
February 5, 2012 by staff
Roger Craig Football, Roger Timothy Craig (born July 10, 1960) is a former NFL running back who won three Super Bowls (1984, 1988, 1989) while playing with the San Francisco 49ers with Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.
Drafted in the second round of the 1983 NFL draft from University of Nebraska, where he once held the record for longest run from scrimmage (94 yards, set during a 1981 game against Florida State University).
In his rookie year, he scored a combined 12 touchdowns rushing and receiving, as the 49ers reached the NFC Championship game that year. Craig became well known in his rookie year for his distinctive high-knee running technique.
On January 20, 1985, in Super Bowl XIX, Craig rushed for 58 yards, caught seven passes for 77 yards, and became the first player ever to score three touchdowns in a Super Bowl during the 49ers’ 38-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins. The following season Roger Craig became the first player in NFL history to run and receive for at least 1,000 yards in the same season.
He ran for 1,050 yards on 214 carries and led the NFL with 92 catches for 1,016 yards. He scored a team high 15 touchdowns.
In 1993, Peter King (in Inside the Helmet) reported that Craig was the only running back to be elected to the Pro Bowl at both fullback and halfback (a feat which has since been matched by Stephen Davis). On April 21, 2008 Craig was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame (BASHOF).
For the first time since being eligible in 1999, Craig was named one of 25 semifinalists considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2009 and one of the 15 modern-era finalists for the Class of 2010.
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