Hugh McElhenny, Pro Football Hall of Famer, dies at 93

McElhenny died on June 17 of natural causes, the Hall said.

“Hugh McElhenny was a threat in all phases of the game offensively — rushing, pass receiving and as a kick and punt returner,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said in a statement. “His all-around talent — obvious to pro football scouts when Hugh was still a teenager — will be celebrated and preserved forever in Canton.”

McElhenny was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1970.

Nicknamed “The King,” McElhenny was a two-time first-team All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowler over the course of his 13-year career playing in the NFL for the 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Detroit Lions .

McElhenny, the ninth pick in the 1952 draft out of the University of Washington, was named Rookie of the Year and an All-Pro in his first season.

He retired after the 1964 season and at the time was one of only three players with more than 11,000 all-purpose yards (11,375). He worked as an analyst on the 49ers radio broadcasts for six years.

The 49ers retired his uniform number 39 in 1971.

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