The San Francisco 49ers kick off the 2015 NFL regular season on Monday Night Football, on September 14. That game. means San Francisco is now a mere 33 days away from kicking off its 2015 regular season. In the spirit of that approaching date, I thought I would steal this idea from our Oakland Raiders site.
Who wore it best: RB Roger Craig (1983-1990)
There is no doubt who wore this one best. People still complain about the fumble against the New York Giants, but there is no doubting Roger Craig was an all-time great in 49ers history. The second round pick spent eight seasons with the franchise, and in that time, racked up 11,506 yards from scrimmage, which ranks second most in team history behind only Jerry Rice. He finished his NFL career with 8,189 rushing yards, 4,911 receiving yards and 73 total touchdowns, and played in the playoffs in each of his 11 seasons.
Craig was voted to the Pro Bowl four times, named once each first team All Pro and second-team All Pro once. His first-team All Pro year (1988) also saw him named AP Offensive Player of the Year. He had 1,502 rushing yards and 534 receiving yards that season, to go along with ten total touchdowns. As great as that year was, his best year might have been 1985. In that season, he became the first player in NFL history to accumulate 1,000+ yards both rushing AND receiving. He finished that season with 1,050 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, and 1,016 receiving yards (on 92 receptions) and six touchdowns.
Craig was inducted into the 49ers Hall of Fame in 2011, and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He was a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, but has struggled to get back to that point in recent years. His opportunities are winding down, but hopefully he can get a boost, or at least get some consideration from the veteran's committee.
Who wears it now: FB Trey Millard (2014-present), CB Mylan Hicks (2015-present)
The 49ers have not retired his number, and barring an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I don't see it happening. He gets recognized in the team's Hall of Fame, and I think we see that more often moving forward, so as to save some of the team's numbers.
This year, the number is split between second year fullback Trey Millard and rookie cornerback Mylan Hicks. Millard has a decent chance of making the roster if he can prove himself on special teams. I have thought that he makes some sense in an H-back kind of role, but we have not heard a whole lot of much about his performances in training camp. My guess is the team is hoping to slip him to the practice squad this year, but my opinion could easily change based on what we see this weekend against the Texans. Hicks is a long-shot at a cornerback position that features a lot of depth. He is likely competing for a practice squad spot, and even that is going to be a tough one for the former undrafted free agent.