Mark Craig | Star Tribune
Reporter/Columnist | Vikings/NFL

Mark Craig has covered college or pro football for 27 of his 31 years as a sports writer at the Canton (Ohio) Repository (1987-99) and Star Tribune. He is in his 24th season of covering the NFL. He is one of the 48 selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   

A native of Northeast Ohio, Craig covered the Cleveland Browns from 1991 until they left for Baltimore in 1995. When they returned as an expansion team in 1999, Craig left to cover Gophers football for the Star Tribune. He co-authored two books on the Browns and is the author of the Vikings book "100 Things Vikings Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die."


Football season not over, but new AAF comes with a twist

Football isn't stepping aside for pitchers and catchers this year, but the Alliance of American Football, which starts Saturday, is highly experimental.


Rams were ugly in Super Bowl because Patriots defended superbly

It's a shame more football fans can't appreciate the historic beauty in how ugly the Patriots defense made the Rams look offensively in Super Bowl LIII.


Patriots, Belichick wear out Rams for Super Bowl win; McVay: 'I got outcoached'

Sixty-six-year-old Bill Belichick, the greatest defensive mind of the NFL's first century, isn't yet ready to step aside for the so-called future of football.


Here we go again? Patriots-Rams reminiscent of Super Bowl that sparked dynasty

The human chess pieces should be fun to watch as Bill Belichick and Sean McVay, kindred coaching spirits born into football families 33 years apart, match wits on Sunday in Atlanta.


Little did anyone know in 1991 what awaited Belichick

Bill Belichick's first game as head coach in the NFL came in Boston against a Patriots team quarterbacked by a guy named Tommy - but not that one. Tom Brady was 14


Is Super Bowl LIII the end for Gronkowski?

If it is, the New England star will be remembered as one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history


Cordarrelle Patterson: From Vikings' enigma to valuable, versatile Patriot

As the Vikings were preparing to play at New England, earlier this season coach Mike Zimmer admitted the Patriots have used Patterson "way better than we did."


Former U coordinator Fisch hooks up with another Super Bowl coach

Jedd Fisch is a former all-state tennis player who never played football. Now he's on the game's biggest stage in an unusual job and working for the NFL's hottest young coach


Tony Romo goes from talented QB to 'Romostradamus' on TV

Romo has built his reputation in the TV booth for identifying plays pre-snap, leading CBS broadcast partner Jim Nantz to call him "some kind of sick film guru."


Scarnecchia is the Patriots' offensive linemen whisperer

Dante Scarnecchia knows how to spot 'em and coach 'em up, season after season.