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."


Expanded playoffs: How much does bigger field help the Vikings?

The league made its postseason 6.3% easier to reach when owners expanded the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams last month. How big a boost is that?


Even without live sports, Jared Allen plans to dodge NFL draft

The NFL isn't doing anything wrong by conducting its business at a safe distance in our current low-speed world. Nor is it behaving admirably as some sort of heroic distraction.


New Vikings defensive tackle Michael Pierce: 'I'll be ready to roll'

The former Ravens lineman struggled with weight issues last season, but has a plan when — and if — the NFL season begins.


Black History Month comes alive as Vikings legends share personal memories

Vikings greats, including Alan Page, told their inspiring stories to a group of high school students recently.


With Capers, Vikings defensive minds don't lack for experience

Dom Capers, hired by the Vikings as a senior defensive consultant, is "another idea guy" for Mike Zimmer.


Struggling to super: Mahomes directs stunning rally to lead Kansas City to victory

Patrick Mahomes turned what had been the worst game of his life into the greatest moment of his short career in the 31-20 victory over San Francisco.


Mahomes emerges from the deep end of the gene pool

Patrick Mahomes' precocious skills hinted at great things. At 24, he's a Super Bowl QB.


Former U linebacker Wilson's move to Kansas City pays off quite well

Damien Wilson had options, but he liked Kansas City's direction. Now he's a Super Bowl champion.


Vikings' Hutchinson paved way for Peterson's record rushing day

The newly elected Hall of Famer's blocking led to Adrian Peterson's NFL single-game rushing record of 296 yards against the Chargers in 2007, Peterson's rookie season.


Daring to be different: Chiefs, 49ers use bold moves to get to Super Bowl

Kansas City is back thanks to a veteran coach and a superstar quarterback it managed to snag in the draft; San Francisco stuck with its GM-coach tandem after a 4-12 season.