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Steve Craig

No one better exemplified the student-athlete at Northwestern University in early 1970s than Akron’s Steve Craig. The 6-foot-3 230-pound tight end from Garfield High was as solid in the classroom as he was anchoring the Wildcats’ offensive line. On the field, Craig was a two-time All-Big Ten selection and led the Conference with 30 catches his senior season. For his career he caught 76 passes for 970 yards and 11 touchdowns – most ever by a Northwestern tight end. Moreover, Craig was just as visible as a blocker, an asset that especially drew the attention of pro scouts. Matching his on-field success, Craig was selected to the Big Ten All-Academic team three times. He posted a 3.3 grade point average while obtaining a degree in journalism and received the Big Ten Medal for proficiency in athletics and scholarship. Craig was a second-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings in 1974 and was signed by future Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Finks, then the Vikings’ general manager. Craig played for the Vikings from 1974-78 and appeared in two Super Bowls, in 1975 against the Pittsburgh Steelers and 1977 against the Oakland Raiders. In his NFL career he caught 18 passes for 172 yards (9.6 average) and one touchdown.

Inducted 1995 | Football