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Where are they Now Part 2: Roger Craig, Tom Rathman, Brent Jones

Roger Craig

Craig was drafted in the second round of the 1983 draft, and he immediately had an impact n the team. That first year he had a total of 12 touchdowns. In Super Bowl XIX he rushed for 58 yards, caught seven passes for 77 yards and became the first player ever to score three touchdowns. The next season he became the first player ever to have 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. Unusually enough Craig played in a playoff game in every single year of his career. He had the really distinctive high stepping run that was so effective at eluding tackles.

Since leaving the Niners Craig has done a number of things. Professionally he gives inspiration speeches (through TSE Sports & Entertainment). He promotes a protein mix, and has recently joined Valentine Asset Capital(I'm assuming for his name recognition as I can't find any indication that he's got any kind of economic or investment experience).

During his spare time he studies tae kwon do and runs marathon. He actually started his long distance running while playing for the Niners. He's a regular competitor in the San Jose Half Marathon. Last year he did the half-marathon in a pretty good 1:44:43, which was good enough to put him in 1121 out of 9672 racers.

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Runners World interviews Craig about what got him into long distance running.

Interview

Another nice article about Roger Craig and running

Interview with Tom Osborne. At the very bottom of the page is a nice tidbit about recruiting Roger Craig

 

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Tom Rathman

Rathman played fullback for us and did a great job. He also came out of the University of Nebraska but joined the Niners in 1986, so a couple of years after Roger Craig. He played with us for seven years before heading to the Raiders for one year before calling it good in 1994. As a fullback he didn't get much action, but in 1989 he did lead all NFL running backs with 73 receptions for 616 yards. Pretty good hands for a full back I'd say.

He joined the Niners staff as a running back coach in 1997. He stayed with us until 2002, then followed Mariucci to Detroit, and then finally back to the Raiders. He's now back with the Niners as a running back coach.

Tom and his wife Holly have three daughters, Nicole, Alexandra, and Samantha.

Tom also does speaking tours, though I can't imagine he's very involved in that as he's got a full-time job with the Niners now.

 

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Tom Rathman interview about his philosophy on coaching.

Team Bio

 

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Brent Jones
I loved Brent Jones. To me he's the proto-typical tight end. Big, burly, great blocker, but utterly reliable when the ball is thrown his way. I can remember watching Brent go over the middle countless times to get the ball. He was drafted by the Steelers in 1986 and then traded to the Niners a year later. He spent the rest of his career with us. He's one of the few tight ends in the league to get over 400 catches (417) for a total of 5,195 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Upon retiring in 1997 he joined the crew of The NFL Today. He left them in 2004 to work full-time on his investment business Northgate Capital. He's on the board of directors for San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises, which owns the San Jose Sharks.

He's done a little bit of high school coaching for the Monte Vista High school in Danville CA (where he currently lives). His girls play soccer so he follows them around (his daughter Courtney plays for the University of North Carolina).

Interview from the Danville Weekly.

Brent Jones is interviewed by Niners staff

 

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This is the only highlight reel of Brent Jones that I could find on YouTube


1994 playoff opener vs Chicago. Brent Jones was the first person there after the late hit on Young. (Also look at the second person there).

 

 

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