The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that former NFL running back Hugh McElhenny had passed away on Thursday at 93.

Hugh McElhenny was a former NFL running back whose #39 was retired by the San Francisco 49ers.

According to the Hall of Fame, he died of natural causes at his Nevada home. They announced the news via Twitter.

“It is with deep sadness the Pro Football Hall of Fame shares the passing of Hugh McElhenny. He died at the age of 93. We pass along our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and to the many whose lives he touched.”

McElhenny, whose nickname was “The King,” was taken by the 49ers with the 9th overall pick in the 1952 NFL Draft and played for them for nine seasons.

In addition to being a 6-time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro, McElhenny was an offensive weapon who posed a threat to opposing defenses on the ground, in the air, and on special teams.

McElhenny won the Rookie of the Year award, earned All-Pro status, and was named to the Pro Bowl in his first NFL season (1952).

His final season was with the Detroit Lions in 1964, but he also played for the Vikings and Giants.

McElhenny finished his career with 38 rushing touchdowns and 5,281 rushing yards. In addition, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970 and the College Football Hall of Fame.

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