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Morning Remembering a Legend, 49ers Mourn Passing of Hugh McElhenny

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25 Jun 2022, 05:44 GMT+10

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New and Notable49ers Mourn Passing of Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenny

Former San Francisco 49ers halfback Hugh McElhenny passed away on Friday, June 17, 2022 at the age of 93. A Pro Football Hall of Fame selection (1970) and Edward J. DeBartolo, Sr. 49ers Hall of Fame inductee (2009).

"The 49ers family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of one of the NFL's all-time greats, Hugh McElhenny," said 49ers Co-Chair Dr. John York. "Growing up, my favorite team was the 49ers. I remember so many great players from the late 50s and 60s. When I started to invite an alum to every game, my goal was to meet the "Million Dollar Backfield". Hugh was the last of the four to join us and we remained friends long thereafter. Hugh is a great part of 49ers history."

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Looking Back at Hugh McElhenny's Hall of Fame Career

McElhenny was a first-round pick for the 49ers in the 1952 NFL Draft and went on to record 877 carries for 4,288 yards and 35 touchdowns as well as 192 receptions for 2,640 yards and 15 touchdowns in his nine seasons with San Francisco. He immediately made an impression across the league as a rookie. In his first season, McElhenny posted the season's longest run from scrimmage (89 yards), the longest punt return (94 yards) and the top rushing average (7.0 yards per carry), earning him Rookie of the Year Honors. McElhenny appeared in 97 regular season games (89 starts), made one postseason start and earned five Pro Bowl honors (1952-53, 1956-58) with San Francisco.

Following the 1960 season, McElhenny joined the Minnesota Vikings via the 1961 Expansion Draft. He spent two seasons with Minnesota and picked up one more Pro Bowl selection before joining the New York Giants for the 1963 season and appearing in his first NFL Championship game. In 1964, McElhenny would go on to play for the Detroit Lions before hanging up his cleats at the conclusion of the season. At the time of his retirement, McElhenny was just one of three players to eclipse 11,000 all-purpose yards. He gained a total of 11,375 in his 13-year NFL career. After retiring, he also served as a commentator on 49ers radio broadcasts.

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