49ers Hall Of Fame Nominees
November 1 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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The list of nominations for the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton Ohio was released without much media attention. The list however includes seven former 49ers, all of whom have a legitimate shot at making the final ballot.
Brent Jones, the long time 49ers tight end is one of the most recognized names on the list. Jones’ 12 year career began in Pittsburgh, but the bulk of it, 11 years was spent in San Francisco.
Running back Roger Craig, who spent seven years from 1983-1990 running through defenses, is also on the list. Craig also played for the Raiders and Vikins before retiring after the 1993 season.
Defensive end Fred Dean who played for the 49ers from 1981 to 1985 after beginning his career with the Chargers in 1981 is also on the list.
Richard Dent, another defensive end, who was with the 49ers in 1994 only, but played from 1983-1997 with various other teams is also on the list.
Linebacker Matt Millen, who began his career with the Raiders from 1980-1988 before spending two years with the 49ers, and one with the Redskins has also made the list.
Quarterback Jim Plunkett who was a part of the organization from 1976-1977 rounds out the 49ers players on preliminary nomination list.
Eddie DeBartlo Jr. the former owner of the 49ers (1979-1997) and the man responsible for originally bringing Bill Walsh to the 49ers, and then brining him back to the 49ers in more recent years is also a candidate for the Hall Of Fame.
Each of the 49ers nominees is well worth a spot in the Hall Of Fame, but the competition they’ll face to get voted in is equally impressive.