McElhenny murió en junio 17 de causas naturales, dijo el salón.
“Hugh McElhenny was a threat in all phases of the game offensively — corriendo, 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.
Apodado “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 la 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 en 1971.