Hall of Fame running back Joe Perry passes at 84

Hall of Fame running back Joe “The Jet” Perry has died.

The San Francisco 49ers announced that Perry died today at age 84.

Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969, Perry was pro football’s career leader in rushing when he retired following the 1963 season. He played 14 seasons with the 49ers, beginning in the AAFC, and spent two seasons with the Baltimore Colts.

He was the first back to rush for more than 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons. The first African-American player with the 49ers, Perry was a two-time league MVP and he helped form the fabled “Million Dollar Backfield” with Y.A. Tittle, Hugh McElhenny and John Henry Johnson.

He led the 49ers in rushing seven consecutive seasons from 1949 to '55. Perry was the NFL Player of the Year in 1954 and '55, and was a member of the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1950s. Perry helped form the famed "Million Dollar Backfield," featuring other 49ers Hall-of-Famers Y.A. Tittle, Hugh McElhenny and John Henry Johnson.

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