It’s time for the birthday of another 49ers legend! Roger Craig turns 57 today, so wish him a happy birthday! The 49ers social media team put together a video to celebrate it with some comments from a host of 49ers legends.
One notable comment from former 49ers running back Bill Ring was about seeing him one day in the Hall of Fame. Ring said, “that’s just a matter of time.”
Craig put together some big years for the 49ers in the 1980s. Most notably, in 1985 he rushed for 1,050 yards, and hauled in 1,016 receiving yards. It was the first time a running back had surpassed 1,000 yards in each category in the same season.
His traditional counting stats likely are not enough for some Hall of Fame voters, but his importance to the 49ers West Coast offense can not be denied. My guess is he won’t get in with the regular committee, but instead might have a chance one day with the veterans’ committee.
In the meantime, we can at least celebrate his greatness on his birthday! Happy birthday to Roger Craig!