The 49ers will honor Hall of Fame running back Joe Perry this coming season. The club announced it will have a football-shaped decal with Perry’s No. 34 on helmets during the 2011 season. Coaches and staff will wear lapel pins with the same design. Perry, known as “The Jet,” died in April at age 84. When he retired, he was the NFL’s all-time leading rusher.
“It is important for the 49ers organization to embrace and honor its storied history, as well as those who have contributed to it along the way,” 49ers owner John York said in a statement released by the team. “I am excited to announce that the team will recognize a tremendous human being, Joe Perry, with a helmet decal throughout the 2011 season. He exemplifies the excellence and class that this organization strives for. In a sense, Joe will take the field one last time as a 49er this season.”