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11. Hugh McElhenny

A First Round Pick from Washington, Hugh McElhenny traveled down the Interstate-5 to begin his professional football career.


McElhenny was the Ninth Overall Draft Pick in 1952, and he was the starting Right Halfback as a rookie.  That season, and the one after, were First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl worthy, and as he was also used as a returner, he led the NFL in All-Purpose Yards (1,731) as a rookie.

While McElhenny's rookie season was not duplicated, he had two other 1,400 APY years with San Francisco, and was a Pro Bowler on three different occasions, giving him five in total as a 49er.  McElhenny's run with San Francisco ended after the 1960 season when the Minnesota Vikings chose him in the Expansion Draft.  He had 9,100 All-Purpose Yards with 51 Touchdowns with the Niners.

McElhenny was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970, was part of the first Niners Hall of Fame class in 2009, and sandwiched in between was his jersey retirement of his no.39.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Half Back
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 9nd Overall in the NFL Draft 1/17/52.
  • Departed:

    Signed by the Minnesota Vikings in the Expansion Draft in 1960.

  • Games Played: 97
  • Notable Statistics:

    89 Games Started
    877 Rushing Attempts
    4,288 Rushing Yards
    195 Receptions
    2,666 Receiving Yards
    15 Receiving Touchdowns
    99 Punt Returns
    648 Punt Return Yards
    1 Punt Return Touchdown
    65 Kick Returns
    1,494 Kick Return Yards
    2 Pass Completions
    6 Pass Attempts
    14 Passing Yards
    1 Passing Touchdown
    1 Interception
    4 Approximate Value*

    *Approximate Value was not a stat until he 1960 Season

  • Played For: San Francisco 49ers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1952 & 1953)
    Second Team All-Pro (1954, 1956 &1958)
    Pro Bowl (1952, 1953, 1956, 1957 & 1958)
    Most Yards per Rushing Attempt (1952)
    Most All-Purpose Yards (1952)

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