Niners Draft History – 1952


With the 9th pick of the 1952 NFL Draft, the 49ers selected Hugh McElhenny, a Halfback out of the University of Washington. McElhenny made his mark right out of the gates. He scored a 40-yard touchdown on his first professional play, he had the league’s longest run (89 yards) it’s longest punt return (94 yards) and averaged an astounding 7.0 yards per carry in his first season. He was an All-Pro and Pro-Bowl selection in his rookie season, one in which he was the Rookie of the Year. Over the course of his career, he would be selected to 6 Pro-Bowls and was a 5-time All-Pro selection. McElhenny continued to play for the 49ers until 1960. In 1961, he joined the expansion Vikings, and finished his career with the Giants and Lions. By the time he retired in 1964, McElhenny had accumulated 11,375 all-purpose yards. At the time, he was one of three players with more than 11,000 yards from scrimmage. He was known as “The King” during his playing days. On August 8, 1970, Hugh would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. McElhenny’s #39 jersey is retired by the 49ers.

McElhenny was also voted as the Number 4 most elusive runner of all time by the NFL Network. Here is the Link

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