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Roger Craig
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Roger Craig at Super Bowl XLIII
No. 33     
Running Back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1960-07-10) July 10, 1960 (age 59)
Place of birth: Davenport, Iowa
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49
Debuted in 1983 for the San Francisco 49ers
Last played in 1993 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Career highlights and awards
* 4× Pro Bowl (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989)
Career NFL statistics as of 1993
Rushing Yards     8,189
Average     4.1
Receptions     566
Receiving Yards     4,911
Touchdowns     73
Stats at NFL.com

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.

College careerEdit

Craig played three seasons for the University of Nebraska, where he rushed for 2,446 yards and 26 touchdowns, with an average of 6 yards per carry. He was an integral early running back to Dr. Tom Osborne's I-Formation Option offense.

StatisticsEdit

Rushing Receiving
YEAR ATT YDS AVG LP TD NO. YDS AVG LP TD
19801087697.16115000.000
19811731,0606.194612877.3170
19821195864.93454153.8110
Totals4072,4466.09426161026.4170

Pro football career Edit

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,[1] 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 1988, Craig was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. He ran for a career high 1,502 yards and caught an additional 76 passes for 534 yards. A memorable game occurred in week 7 against the Los Angeles Rams. He scored three rushing touchdowns and ran a career high 191 yards. He went on to assist the 49ers to Super Bowl XXIII by amassing 262 combined rushing and receiving yards and two touchdowns in their two playoff games. In the 49ers' 20-16 win over Cincinnati in that Super Bowl, he rushed for 71 yards and caught eight passes for 101 yards.

In the 1989 season, the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, aided by Craig's 1,527 combined rushing/receiving yards and seven touchdowns in the season, along with his 240 combined rushing/receiving yards and two touchdowns in their two playoff games. In San Francisco's 55-10 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV, Craig rushed for 69 yards, caught five passes for 34 yards, and scored a touchdown.

The San Francisco 49ers were 14–2 in the following regular season on their quest to become the first team to win three consecutive Super Bowls. In the NFC Championship Game (his last as a 49er), Craig fumbled late in the fourth quarter while his team was trying to hold on to a 13–12 lead over the New York Giants. The Giants recovered the ball and scored on a last-second field goal, winning the game 15–13.

Craig played one season with the Los Angeles Raiders and two with the Minnesota Vikings before he retired after the 1993 season. Craig appeared in the NFL Playoffs every year of his career, and made the Pro Bowl four times (1985, 1987–1989).

Honors Edit

He was the first running back to gain more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season (1985). Since then, only one other running back has achieved the same feat (Marshall Faulk in 1999). Craig also caught a then-record 92 passes in the 1985 campaign. In 1988, Craig set a then-franchise record 1,502 yards rushing (Garrison Hearst broke the record with 1,570 yards in 1998. Frank Gore holds the current record with 1,695 yards in 2006). The 1988 season was the second time Craig broke the 2,000 combined yardage mark in his career.

Craig finished his eleven NFL seasons with 8,189 rushing yards, 566 receptions for 4,911 receiving yards, and three kickoff returns for 43 yards. Overall, he amassed 13,143 total yards and scored 73 touchdowns (56 rushing and 17 receiving).

As of today, Roger Craig and Chuck Foreman are the only running backs to lead the NFL in receptions for a single season, and Craig is the only back to ever record over 100 receiving yards in a Super Bowl. His prowess as a receiver out of the backfield is a contrast to his college career, where he caught only 16 passes during his three seasons at Nebraska.

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.[2]

StatisticsEdit

Rushing Receiving
YEAR TEAM ATT YDS AVG LP TD NO. YDS AVG LP TD
1983SF1767254.1718484278.9234
1984SF1556494.2284716759.5643
1985SF2141,0504.9629921,01611.0736
1986SF2048304.1257816247.7480
1987SF2158153.8253664927.5351
1988SF3101,5024.8469765347.0221
1989SF2711,0543.9276494739.7441
1990SF1414393.1261252018.0310
1991RAI1625903.6151171368.0200
1992MIN1054164.0214221647.5220
1993MIN381193.1111191698.9311
Totals1,9918,1894.171565664,9118.77317

[3]

Personal life Edit

Craig is married to Vernessia (high school sweetheart) and has five children Damesha, Rometra, Rogdrick, Alexander and Nia- Jai. They live in Portola Valley, CA.

Craig spent several years studying Tae Kwon Do under Chris Jensen & Debbie Pederson at Golden State Tae Kwon Do in Foster City (now in San Carlos). [4]

He currently works in marketing at Tibco Software in Palo Alto, California.

Craig is an avid runner and has participated in numerous marathons. He was the Grand Marshal for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. [5]

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