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San Francisco’s Million Dollar Backfield: The 49ers’ Fabulous Foursome

Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

In the 1954 season, the San Francisco 49ers fielded the finest backfield in NFL history with four future Hall of Famers playing for the offense. "There was no greater running backs than Hugh McElhenny, John Henry Johnson and Joe Perry in the same backfield," Hall of Fame Y.A. Tittle declared on San Francisco 49ers: The Complete History. "It made quarterbacking so easy because I just get in the huddle and call anything and you have three Hall of Fame running backs ready to carry the ball." First came fullback Joe "The Jet" Perry who became the first running back in NFL history to run for 1,000 yards two straight seasons and by 1956 he became the NFL's all-time leading rusher. In 1952, halfback "The King" Hugh McElhenny joined "The Jet" an...

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