49ers HOF candidates now and in the future

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Craig, Staley top prospects for call to Hall


Running back Roger Craig: A finalist in 2010, Craig once admitted he was sure he'd make the Hall of Fame. If it happens now, it'll be through the Senior selection process as he is no longer eligible as a modern-era choice. It might take the Senior selection committee a while to get around to Craig, being that he's relatively young (58) compared to most players being enshrined as Seniors (Jerry Kramer, 82, and Robert Brazile, 65, will enter as Seniors this year).

But Craig surely has the credentials to get in eventually, highlighted by being a three-time Super Bowl champion, the first player ever to score three touchdowns in a Super Bowl game, and the first member of the 1,000/1,000 Club (rushing/pass receiving).

Still playing

Tackle Joe Staley: The 49ers currently employ two intriguing prospects, but both -- general manager John Lynch and cornerback Richard Sherman -- have only loose connections to the franchise and thus are not being considered here. That leaves Staley, a rock on the offensive front since being drafted in 2008. The six-time Pro Bowler has missed just 18 games in his 11-year career, been a part of one NFC champion and two NFC runners-up, and played in eight postseason games. On top of everything else, he's caught two passes for 31 yards in his career and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown.