The San Francisco 49ers of the 1980’s and early 1990’s were a true dynasty. Not only did they win multiple Super Bowls, they were also always in the hunt for the title in years they didn’t win it all too. Some of the important players during this time for the team were Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, John Taylor, and Ronnie Lott. Another important player that played great during this era was running back Roger Craig.
During his career, Roger Craig put together pro bowl years, 1,000 yard rushing seasons, and even a 1,000 yard receiving season as a running back. How did he do though in his first NFL game ever?
On Saturday, September 3, 1983, the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Philadelphia Eagles in the first game of the season. This was an afternoon game at Candlestick Park and yes that ever present wind was blowing. Despite a fourth quarter 73 yard touchdown pass from 49ers backup quarterback Guy Benjamin to Earl Cooper, San Francisco would end up losing this game 22-17.
Roger Craig’s performance was as follows:
14 carries for 42 yards and three receptions for 24 yards.
While this wasn’t the most impressive line of stats he would ever put together, it did give a glimpse of the future somewhat in that it showed he could not only run the ball in the NFL, but also catch it out of the backfield too.