Hugh McElhenny 49ers and NFL King - Bio

 Hugh McElhenny is one of the best Runners of the 1950s, a member of the College and Professional Football Halls of Fame.

Hugh mcelhenny running catching NFL ball with the 49ers
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Hugh McElhenny Stats :-

Rushing yds: 5,281

Receiving yds : 3,247

Touchdowns : 58

Flashback to Historical NFL Final Games

On the last day of 1961, the Green Bay Packers beat the New York Giants 37-0 in the NFL Final. This victory began the seven-year period of dominance of the Wisconsin team in the league, which brought them five more championship titles and victories in Super Bowls I and II.

In 1967, the finals in both leagues were played on 31 December. In the AFL, the Oakland Raiders beat the Houston Oilers “Titans” at home 40-7, and in the NFL the Packers at Lambeau Field beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17. The second of these games took place at -26 °C and went down in history as the Ice Bowl.

Hugh McElhenny Bio

Hugh Edward McElhenny was born on December 31, 1928, in Los Angeles. His family are the owners of Tabasco sauce. He grew up in Los Angeles, graduated from school and established himself as an excellent athlete. In 1948, Hugh played a season with the Compton Preparatory College team, after which he was called one of the most talented football players in the country.

McElhenny then entered the University of Washington in Seattle, where he played fullback. All three years with the Huskies, he was the team rushing leader. During this time, Hugh set 16 records for the program. In 1981, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Hugh McElhenny with 49ers

During the 1952 Draft, the San Francisco 49ers picked him in the 1st round, overall 9th overall. In his first rally in his professional career, McElhenny scored a 40-yard touchdown. He married his wife Peggy in 1954. By that time, he had not yet had time to study the playbook and the combination schemes were drawn for him on the ground. He also fit well into the 49ers passing offense, becoming one of the main targets for screen passes.

Hugh spent nine years with the team, having played five times in the Pro Bowl and five times in the first All-Pro team. In 1971, his number 39 was taken out of circulation in the team, and in 2009 McElhenny became one of the first members of the franchise's Hall of Fame.

The 49ers added Hugh to the list of players available during the expansion draft in 1961. He was chosen by the Vikings, where he became the leader of the offensive in the first season. The next season was McElhenny's first career without touchdowns.

The team wanted to see someone younger running in place and Hugh was traded. He played for the Giants, and a year later ended his career in Detroit. In just thirteen years in the league, he averaged 11,375 yards and was one of only three players to reach the 11,000 yard mark at the time of his retirement. He was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

McElhenny Retirement

After finishing playing, Hugh worked for several years as a commentator for San Francisco 49ers games on the radio. In 1971, he began partnering with a group of investors who aimed to create an NFL franchise in Seattle.

McElhenny was even reappointed general manager of the defunct Seattle Kings. This project was supported by Edward Nixon, brother of the President of the United States, but never materialized, and in 1974 another group of businessmen founded the Seattle Seahawks.

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Hugh McElhenny Net Worth :

$1.7 million.