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

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

August 2, 201149ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEO
CSNBayArea.com 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.

49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots


49ers claim outside linebacker off waivers from Patriots

The 49ers on Wednesday were assigned outside linebacker Cassius Marsh off waivers from the New England Patriots.

The Patriots waived Marsh on Tuesday after acquiring him in September from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for fifth- and seventh-round draft picks.

Marsh (6 foot 4, 245 pounds) appeared in 46 games in his four NFL seasons. Three of his four career sacks came in 2016 while with the Seahawks. He was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2014.

Marsh is the second defensive player the 49ers have claimed off waivers this week. The club acquired former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Sheldon Day on Monday. The 49ers released defensive linemen Tony McDaniel and Datone Jones within the past week.

The 49ers are at their roster maximum of 53 players. The club will have to clear a roster spot if Tank Carradine, as expected, is activated off injured reserve in order to play Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.

Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind


Who 49ers start at quarterback is the last thing on Pete Carroll's mind

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."