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Seven Former 49ers Named HOF Semifinalists

Posted by Taylor Price on November 28, 2009 – 3:14 PM

Seven former 49ers were named as semifinalists to be considered as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010. The list of 25 is led most noticably by Jerry Rice, but also includes prominent names of the past like Roger Craig, Charles Haley, Richard Dent, Kevin Greene, Chris Doleman and Rickey Jackson.

Other notable players like Tim Brown, Emmitt Smith and Aeneas Williams are also in consideration. The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee decided on 25 semifinalists out of a list of 131 preliminary nominees.

  • Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
  • Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
  • Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
  • Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
  • Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
  • Rickey Jackson, LB – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers
  • Jerry Rice, WR – 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks

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    16 Responses to “Seven Former 49ers Named HOF Semifinalists”

    1. By 49ers fan on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      Unfortunately, 49ers fans will never forget that costly fumble by Roger Craig during the final minutes of the NFC championship game against the Giants. His fumble took away the 49ers’ chance for 3peats and the rest is history. The Steelers should thank Craig for that since they are now the King in the NFL with 6 Lombardi trophies.

    2. By Sean on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      Man, as soon as I saw Roger Craig that was the first thing I thought of. He was a great running back but, what a costly fumble that turned out to be.

    3. By BigThizzle75 on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      Yes I do remember Roger Craig’s infamous fumble in the NFC Championship game against the New York Giants as well. But I also remember him for not only being the first player to score three touchdown in a Super Bowl (SB XIX), but also being the first running back to have 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving in the same season (1985). Oh yeah he also led the league that season in receptions with 92…no true WR that season had more catches.

    4. By bill on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      Get over it! Craig was great. Where was the defense?

    5. By VegasNiner on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      I haven’t forgotten. Still… I hope Roger Craig one day gets selected to the HOF. He deserves it.

    6. By Mountain Jack on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      Craig BELONGS in the HOF and it’s time so called “49er fans” like yourself put that one playa to rest. He made the Team of the Decade and was the best in the game in his time. First ever to reach 1000 yards both rushing and receiving in a season. He fully deserves to make the team.


      There was nobody more versatile.

    7. By Jenn P on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      Go Roger Craig!! I grew up watching him and is the reason I became a 9ers fan on the 80′s! Good luck to all!

    8. By nick on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      what about the year when garrisson hearst got hurt in the NFC championship vs the falcons…that year we wouldve beat the broncos

    9. By Trajik1 on Nov 28, 2009 | Reply

      Roger Craig belongs in the HOF! Any real fan knows that!

    10. By Barry on Nov 29, 2009 | Reply

      Mountain Jack, Amen Brother! Craig was and is the Team of the Decade.

    11. By JimminyJones on Nov 29, 2009 | Reply

      I love Roger Craig, and maybe, maybe he deserves to be in the HOF, but that memory of the fumble haunts my memories of the 49er football dynasty for years. It was the first crack in the foundation of the 49er dynasty, before it all came tumbling down first with the Giants kicking the ball through the goalposts killing niner threepeat hopes, and then the slow decline that came over the decade afterward. Remember he fumbled earlier in that drive too, not more than three plays before that and Niners recovered. After that, so long Joe, goodbye Roger, Ronnie… so long dynasty. Four years later, they mortgaged the franchise just to keep the Cowboys from threepeating and achieving what was supposed to be the niners dream.

    12. By JimminyJones on Nov 29, 2009 | Reply

      Oh and Bill, that defense the niners played against the Giants was one of their best. They lost 15-13, in what has come to be known as one of the greatest all time defensive football games. It’s hard to do much when all the Giants needed was afield goal and Craig fumbles ten yards from Giant field goal range.

    13. By faithfuldave on Nov 29, 2009 | Reply

      for all the great things 33 did that damn fumble is what i remember but you know what? seems that didnt matter for dennis eckersley giving up that home run to gibson in 88! Haley deserves to go too 5 superbowl rings if im not mistaken nobody else has that many! Flash 80? lock! congrats Jerry!

    14. By wileyr4 on Nov 29, 2009 | Reply

      Rice fumbled unprovoked against the Giants on a great slant-in pass from Joe! Remember that?! Every player has at least one “boner” in his career!!! Get over it! I’m sure HE has!!! Walsh didn’t cut him for it!! Also, Craig, Haley and Rice are in my mind, the only “TRUE” 49ers on that list!!!

    15. By David on Nov 30, 2009 | Reply

      Manning’s heel is worse than originally thought. This could hinder his play. The giants are definitely on the ropes. It is definitely time for the boys to step up.

    16. By sean on Dec 8, 2009 | Reply

      How the heck could they drop that game. You simply do not let jacobs catch a 70 yard TD pass. It looks like another december to forget. Time for a house cleaning.

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