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Roger Craig (American football)

Roger Timothy Craig born July 10, 1960 is a former American football running back in the National Football League NFL He played for the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders and Minnesota Vikings Craig went to four Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls with the 49ers


  • 1 High school career
  • 2 College career
    • 21 Collegiate statistics
  • 3 Pro football career
  • 4 Honors
    • 41 National Football League statistics
  • 5 Personal life
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

High school career

Craig attended Central High School in Davenport, Iowa, graduating in 1979 There, he was teammates with future NFL TE Jamie Williams His older brother, Curtis Craig, had also played running back, graduating from Central in 1974 The Craig brothers were preceded at running back for Central by future Denver Broncos RB Jim Jensen The 1976 team, with Roger Craig and Williams, won the Iowa State Championship under Coach Jim Fox In 1978, his Senior year, Craig rushed for 1,565 yards and 27 touchdowns, earning prep All-America honors In his final high school game, a playoff loss, Craig rushed for 353 yards and 4 touchdowns Craig was an all-around athlete, also competing in wrestling and track In wrestling, he was an Iowa State Championships qualifier On the track, Craig finished 2nd in the Iowa State Track and Field Championships in both the 110 hurdles and the 400 hurdles as a Senior in 1979 Craig broke the school record in the 110 hurdles that had been set by Jim Jensen Craig credited 10-time State Champion Coach Ira Dunsworth with helping develop his distinctive high knee running form Craig's time of 1443 in the 110 hurdles is still listed among the All-Time Bests at the Iowa State Track and Field Championships

College career

Craig followed in the footsteps of Curtis Craig and Jamie Williams to graduate from Davenport Central and then attend Nebraska to play for Coach Tom Osborne Williams went on to an NFL career as well and Curtis Craig was an All-Big 8 Player in 1977

Roger Craig played three full seasons for the University of Nebraska In his Nebraska career, he rushed for 2,446 yards and 26 touchdowns, with an average of 6 yards per carry He was an integral running back in Osborne's I-formation option offense

After playing mainly for the Freshman squad in 1979, Craig rushed for 769 yards 71 and 15 TD's as a Sophomore in 1980 As a Junior in 1981, Craig gained1,060 yards on 173 carries 61 and six TD's Craig was also fourth on the team with 12 receptions for 87 yards and was named to the All-Big 8 Team In 1982, teaming with Mike Rozier in the backfield, Craig was injured early in the season and lost playing time while injured, but came back with 127-yards rushing in the regular-season final game

In the dominant Nebraska Offense with Craig during his tenure were: QBs Jeff Quinn and Turner Gill; RBs Jarvis Redwine, IM Hipp, Andra Franklin, Craig Johnson, Jeff Smith and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier; T Dean Steinkuhler #2 overall pick in 1984 NFL Draft; WR Irving Fryar #1 overall pick in 1984 NFL Draft and his hometown friend, TE Jamie Williams Craig also ran one season of indoor track at Nebraska, finishing 4th in the 60 Meter hurdles at the Big 8 Indoor Championships

Collegiate statistics

Rushing Receiving
1979 7 31 44 8 0 0 0 00 0 0
1980 108 769 71 61 15 0 0 00 0 0
1981 173 1,060 61 94 6 12 87 73 17 0
1982 119 586 49 34 5 4 15 38 11 0
Totals 407 2,446 60 94 26 16 102 64 17 0

Pro football career

Craig was the 49th overall selection in the 1983 NFL Draft, taken in the second round from Nebraska, where he once held the record for longest run from scrimmage 94 yards, set during a 1981 game against Florida State University

In his rookie year in 1983, he scored a combined 12 touchdowns rushing and receiving, as the 49ers reached the NFC Championship game Craig became well known in his rookie year for his distinctive high-knee running technique

Craig rushing the ball for the 49ers during Super Bowl XIX

In Super Bowl XIX in January 1985, 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, Craig became the first 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, and scored a team high 15 touchdowns With fullback Tom Rathman, also from Nebraska, the two formed the 49ers' "Cornfield Backfield"

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 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 to win 15–13, and went on to win Super Bowl XXV

Craig played a season with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1991 and his final two with the Minnesota Vikings, retiring after the 1993 season He appeared in the NFL Playoffs every year of his career, and made the Pro Bowl four times 1985, 1987–1989


In 1987, Craig was inducted into the Quad City Sports Hall of Fame

Craig was Inducted into the Davenport Central High School Hall of Honor in 1989

In 1989, Craig became a member of the Des Moines Register's Sunday Register Hall of Fame and the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame

In 2002, Craig was inducted into the Iowa's IHSAA Football Players’ Hall-of-Fame His brother, Curtis Craig was inducted in 2003

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, Lydell Mitchell, Roger Craig and Chuck Foreman are the only running backs to lead the NFL in receptions for a single season, and Craig is one of two runningbacks to ever record over 100 receiving yards in a Super Bowl James White, New England Patriots, Super Bowl 51 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 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

National Football League statistics

Rushing Receiving
1983 SF 176 725 41 71 8 48 427 89 23 4
1984 SF 155 649 42 28 4 71 675 95 64 3
1985 SF 214 1,050 49 62 9 92 1,016 110 73 6
1986 SF 204 830 41 25 7 81 624 77 48 0
1987 SF 215 815 38 25 3 66 492 75 35 1
1988 SF 310 1,502 48 46 9 76 534 70 22 1
1989 SF 271 1,054 39 27 6 49 473 97 44 1
1990 SF 141 439 31 26 1 25 201 80 31 0
1991 RAI 162 590 36 15 1 17 136 80 20 0
1992 MIN 105 416 40 21 4 22 164 75 22 0
1993 MIN 38 119 31 11 1 19 169 89 31 1
Totals 1,991 8,189 41 71 56 566 4,911 87 73 17

Personal life

Craig spent several years studying Tae Kwon Do under Chris Jensen and Debbie Pederson at Golden State Tae Kwon Do in Foster City now in San Carlos He is an avid runner and has participated in over 38 marathons and half-marathons He was the Grand Marshal for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway


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External links

  • Official website
  • Career statistics and player information from NFLcom  Pro-Football-Reference  Databasefootballcom
  • Roger Craig on IMDb

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