What Canton Is Missing: A Case for Roger Craig’s HOF Enshrinement

June 24, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The 49ers West Coast offense was exceptionally innovative in the 1980s. Is anybody going to argue?
There was Joe Montana, a super cool quarterback hurling clutch passes as reliably as eruptions from Yellow Stone's Old Faithful. There was Jerry Rice, the greatest receiver ever.  And among the many, many other greats in the vastly-ahead-of-its-time-system, there was a revolutionary running back who changed the position, and the game.
With the induction of the incomparable Rice into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this summer, we will see greatness enter among greatness. There has never been, and will probably never be a football player as great as number 80.
Yet, among the busts and memorabilia in the iconic museum—a tribute to the best players of a great American sport—there is a void. This void is not easy to see among the stars and legends, but it exists. And after the induction of the 2010 class, Roger Craig will still not be a member of ...

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