Craig, R.C. Owens to join 49ers Hall of Fame

August 2, 2011, 5:47 pm
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August 2, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO staff

Running back Roger Craig and wide receiver R.C. Owens, players who represent historic eras for the 49ers, will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame, the club announced Tuesday.

Craig was voted in by fans from a list of finalists; Owens was chosen by team ownership.

The 49ers take tremendous pride in honoring those who have made a significant impact on the history of our franchise throughout the years, said Jed York, 49ers president and CEO. On behalf of the fans and our entire organization, I am proud to announce Roger Craig and R.C. Owens will be inducted into the Edward J. DeBartolo Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame later this year.

Roger proved to be a relentless competitor from the minute he stepped onto the field as a 49ers rookie. He is the definition of a winner, having helped his teams reach the playoffs in each of his 11 professional seasons.

R.C. is considered one of the greatest athletes of his time. For many years, 49ers fans were treated to his high-flying, acrobatic alley-oop catches. Following a storied playing career, the 49ers organization was fortunate to have R.C. serve as an instrumental administrator for the team.

Craig is one of the most versatile running backs to ever play the game, and in 1985, he became the first player in NFL history with 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in the same season.

A former college basketball star, Owens transferred his skills over to the football field and was notorious for out-leaping defensive backs for high arching passes from QB Y.A. Tittle. Thus, the origin of the term Alley Oop was created, and later became more well-known from its use in basketball.