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Former 49er Terrell Owens named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist, Roger Craig misses out

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Owens should already be in, while Craig didn’t make it in his final year of modern-era eligibility.

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The 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 are currently being announced on the NFL Network, and former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Terrell Owens is one of them. They’re taking their time with it, and at the time of writing, only seven players have been announced.

But we now know that former 49ers running back Roger Craig did not make the cut, according to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee.

Craig is in the final year of his modern-era eligibility, which means his only chance now is to be considered by the senior committee. They consider players who have been retired for 25-plus years, but it usually takes some time after their modern-era eligibility ends for their name to really surface on the senior’s committee.

This is extremely disappointing, as Craig was a fantastic running back who was a trailblazer for pass-catching backs of that era.

It is good to see Owens making it, though. He’s one of the absolute greatest receivers to play the game, and him not making it in his first year of eligibility was laughable. Not including him in the Hall of Fame right away is a petty move from an archaic system.

Only time will tell if those who believe Owens’ accomplishments on the field aren’t good enough compared to the instances where he caused some issues in the locker room will keep him out another year. For now, Owens is a finalist, one of 15.

It’s also worth noting that former 49ers wide receivers Randy Moss and Isaac Bruce made the list of finalists, though those players had short stints in San Francisco. Current 49ers general manager John Lynch was a semifinalist, and has also made it as a finalist.

Finally, this was already known, but Bobby Beathard, grandfather of .J. Beathard and former front-office executive, is a finalist as a contributor.