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NFL Hall of Famer Hugh McElhenney has died at the age of 93.
McElhenny, a 1950s runner, died of natural causes at his Nevada home on June 17, his son-in-law Chris Permann confirmed.
Hugh McElhenny has died at the age of 93, his family has confirmed.
McElhenny inducted into NFL Hall of Fame and dubbed San Francisco 49ers’ “franchise saviour” Credit: Associated Press
The Pro Football Hall of Fame also announced his passing in a press release.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970, McElhenny was known as a well-rounded athlete with the skills of running back, catcher and returner that made him one of the best players in the NFL at the time.
Before receiving an official award, he was named Rookie of the Year in 1952 and was named to two All-Pro teams, six Pro Bowls and an All-Decade team in the 1950s.
“Hugh McElhenney is an offensive threat at every stage of the game: running, receiving the ball, and as a returner and kicker,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said in a statement.
“His overall talent, when Hugh was a teenager, was evident to pro football scouts, and he will always be celebrated and preserved in Guangzhou.”
The San Francisco 49ers, McElhenny’s team from 1952 to 1960, issued a statement following news of his death.
“The 49ers family is heartbroken to learn of the passing of one of the greatest players in NFL history, Hugh McElhenny,” said 49ers co-chair Dr. John York.
“My favorite team growing up was the 49ers. I remember a lot of great players in the late 50s and 60s. When I started inviting students to every game, my goal was to find the ‘million dollar backcourt’ “.
“Hugh was the last of the four to join us, and we remain friends long afterward. Hugh is an important part of 49ers history.”
On the 49ers, McElhenny was known as the “franchise protector.”
“It’s questionable whether this team will survive,” former general manager Luspadia said. “McElhenny cleared all doubts. That’s why we call him the savior of the team.”
In the 1957 Western Conference Championship playoff game against Detroit, the Niners made the playoffs only once under McElhenney.
He played a solid season with the Minnesota Vikings from 1961 to 1962, and went 3-11 to the Pro Bowl in his debut season with the Vikings.