When you start listing off 49er all time greats names like Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Ronnie Lott are always the first right after the name Roger Craig is always going to come up in the conversation. After he retires one day 49ers running back Frank Gore who needs 110 yards to surpass the great Craig for 2nd on the franchises all time rushing list will enter that discussion as well.
While he still needs 110 yards to take over 2nd place on the all time list the top spot isn’t too far off either. Gore with his 6,955 career rushing yards needs just 390 yards to surpass the 49ers current all time leading rusher the late great hall of famer Joe Perry. It’s almost fitting that Gore will most likely pass Perry this season while the team wears his #34 sticker on each of their helmets in his memory after he died tragically earlier this year.
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Joe Perry was a part of one of if not the greatest backfield off all time featuring quarterback YA Title and fellow running backs Joe Henry Johnson and Hugh McElhenny. Perry the fullback of the group was perhaps the greatest FB of all time in the NFL. Nicknamed Joe “The Jet” Perry who became the first running back in NFL history to run for 1,000 yards two straight seasons and by 1956 he became the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and finished his career with 9,723 yards rushing and is a member of the 1950’s all decade team.
Roger Craig burst onto the scene as a 49er rookie in 1983 scoring 12 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns winning rookie of the year honors while making a name for himself with his unique high knees running style. In his second season Craig became the first player 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. He scored a team high 15 touchdowns. Craig is one of just 2 players in NFL history to be named to the pro bowl at both RB and fullback and finished his career with 7,064 yards rushing.
Those are 2 great, hall of fame running backs were talking about Gore surpassing very soon. I remember feeling very lucky having the opportunity to watch Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Roger Craig and I wish I could have seen Perry. This should all serve as a reminder of not only how great of a player Frank Gore is but how lucky we are to be watching him play football for our San Francisco 49ers.
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