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Craig, DeBartolo Jr. Among HOF Semifinalists

Posted Nov 21, 2013

Running back Roger Craig and former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. were announced as two of the 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Class of 2014.

Two members of the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame have been selected as semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Running back Roger Craig and former owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. were announced as two of the 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Class of 2014.

Former 49ers Charles Haley and Kevin Greene were also selected among the 25 semifinalists. Running back Ricky Watters and defensive tackle Bryant Young were among the notable former 49ers players not selected.

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DeBartolo Jr. was the owner of San Francisco’s five Super Bowl-winning teams. He previously has made it to the final round of 15 candidates in each of the past two years.

Craig, a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time Super Bowl champion, was a Hall of Fame finalist in 2010.

Both former 49ers contributors will have stiff competition to make it to Canton. The Hall of Fame selection committee will trim the semifinalist to 15 modern-era finalists. The announcement will come on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Next, the Class of 2014 will be announced at the selection committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 1 in New York, one day prior to Super Bowl XLVIII.


Here is the list of Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 Semifinalists (information provided by ProFootballHallofFame.com):



Roger Craig
Position: Running Back
Years/Teams: 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers; 1991 Los Angeles Raiders; 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2nd round (49th overall) of 1983 draft by San Francisco 49ers
Seasons: 11
Games: 165
All-Pro: 1
Pro Bowls: 4
Career Stats: 1,991 carries for 8,189 yards, 56 touchdowns; 566 receptions for 4,911 yards, 17 touchdowns.
Notable: At the time of his retirement, Craig ranked in the Top 20 career leaders in both receptions and rushing yards.

Edward DeBartolo, Jr.
Position: Owner
Years/Teams: 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
College: Notre Dame
Seasons: 24
Division Titles: 13
Conference Titles: 5
Super Bowl Titles: 5
Notable: DeBartolo transformed the 49ers into one of the most dominant dynasties in NFL history.

Morten Andersen

Position: Kicker
Years/Teams: 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
Career Stats: 565 Field Goals, 849 PATs for 2,544 career points
Notable: Andersen retired as the NFL’s all-time leading scorer and leads two teams (the Saints and Falcons) in career field goals and points.

Steve Atwater
Position: Safety
Years/Teams: 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Career Stats: 24 interceptions for 408 yards and 1 TD
Notable: Atwater's selection to seven straight Pro Bowls from 1990-96 is tied for the franchise record with Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe.

Jerome Bettis
Position: Running Back
Years/Teams: 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams; 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Career Stats: 3,479 carries for 13,662 yards, 91 touchdowns; 200 receptions for 1,449 yards, 3 touchdowns.
Notable: At the time of his retirement Bettis ranked 5th in rushing yards.

Derrick Brooks
Position: Linebacker
Years/Teams: 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (14 playing seasons)
Career Stats:  Recorded 25 interceptions returned for 530 yards, 6 TDs. Also amassed 13.5 sacks and one fumble recovery for touchdown.
Notable: Brooks, a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s, was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2002.

Tim Brown
Position: Wide Receiver/Kick Returner
Years/Teams: 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career Stats: 1,094 receptions for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns.
Notable: Brown had 80 or more receptions in nine seasons over a 10-year span. He also was lethal return man, his 19,682 all-purpose yards still ranks fifth all-time.

Don Coryell
Position: Head Coach
Years/Teams: 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals; 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Career Record: 114 wins, 89 losses, 1 tie including playoffs
Notable: Under Coryell’s direction, the Chargers led the NFL in passing seven out of eight seasons.

Terrell Davis
Position: Running Back
Years/Teams: 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Career Stats: 1,655 carries for 7,607 yards, 60 touchdowns
Notable: Significantly increased yardage total each season until he suffered knee injury. In 1998, he became the fourth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.

Tony Dungy
Position: Head Coach
Years/Teams: 1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts
Notable: Dungy, the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl, was elected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Kevin Greene
Position: Linebacker/Defensive End
Years/Teams: 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Career Stats: Amassed 160 sacks. Also had 5 interceptions for 53 yards, 1 TD; 3 Safeties, and 2 fumble recoveries for touchdowns.
Notable: Greene twice led the NFL in sacks, the first time in 1994 with the Steelers and again two years later in Carolina. He had 10 or more sacks in a season 10 times during his career.

Charles Haley
Position: Defensive End/Linebacker
Years/Teams: 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
College: James Madison
Career Stats: Recorded 100.5 sacks. Had one safety and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Notable: Haley holds the NFL record for most Super Bowl victories by a player. He won three with the Cowboys (XXVII, XVIII, XXX) and two with San Francisco (XXIII, XXIV).

Marvin Harrison
Position: Wide Receiver
Years/Teams: 1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts
Career Stats: 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 TDs
Notable: At retirement, Harrison ranked second all-time in receptions and fourth in career receiving yardage.

Joe Jacoby
Position: Tackle
Years/Teams: 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
Notable: At the time of his retirement, Jacoby was the only offensive lineman in Redskins history to score a TD.

Jimmy Johnson
Position: Head Coach
Years/Teams: 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins 
Notable: Johnson was first coach to win a Super Bowl and a major college championship.

Walter Jones
Position:  Tackle
Years/Teams: 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks
Notable: Jones was voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. His number was retired by the Seahawks  in 2010.

John Lynch
Position: Free Safety
Years/Teams: 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Career Stats: 24 interceptions for 204 yards and 13.0 career sacks.
Notable: Lynch registered nine seasons in which he logged 90 or more tackles.

Karl Mecklenburg
Position: Linebacker
Years/Teams: 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
Career Stats: 79.0 sacks, five interceptions for 128 yards, one safety and two fumble recoveries for a TD.
Notable: Mecklenburg is the only player in Denver Broncos history to record four sacks in a game twice.

Andre Reed
Position: Wide Receiver
Years/Teams: 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Career Stats: 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns.
Notable: Reed had 50 or more receptions in 13 seasons, which rank him third all-time. Also, at the time of his retirement his 951 career receptions ranked third all-time.

Will Shields
Position: Guard
Years/Teams: 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs 
Notable: Shields was selected for the NFL's All-Decade Team in the 2000s.

Michael Strahan
Position: Defensive End
Years/Teams: 1993-2007 New York Giants
Career Stats: 141.5 sacks and 1 safety, 4 interceptions for 124 yards and 2 TDs
Notable: Strahan holds the NFL record for most sacks in a single season when he recorded 22.5 during the 2001 season.

Paul Tagliabue
Position: Commissioner
Years/Teams: 1989-2006 National Football League
Notable: In 17 years as commissioner of the NFL Tagliabue grew the league from 28 to 32 teams and supported the construction of 20 new stadiums. He also created a league-wide internet network and the NFL Network.

Aeneas Williams
Position: Cornerback/Safety
Years/Teams: 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
Career Stats: 55 interceptions for 807 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Notable: At the time of his retirement, Williams ranked tied with Hall of Famer Ken Houston for second on the NFL’s all-time list of interception returns for touchdowns with nine.

Steve Wisniewski
Position: Guard
Years/Teams: 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Notable: Wisniewski, who was named All-Pro five straight seasons, was voted to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1990s.

George Young
Position: Contributor
Years/Teams: 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts; 1975-1978 Miami Dolphins; 1979-1997 New York Giants;
Notable: Young was honored as the NFL’s Executive of the Year five times (1984, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1997).