He was the greatest 49er running back ever and one of the greatest ever in the league. Had he played on the East Coast he would have been one of the great sports heroes of all time. Playing on the West Coast at that time was like being on an obscure island in the South Pacific. Nobody cared about SF back then so Perry got little of the recognition he deserved. His election to the HOF finally put him in the limelight he deserved but never asked for apart from his play on the field.
As good a football player as he was, he was just as good a person.
For the younger posters here, he was Frank Gore with breakaway speed.
Quote: He became the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, a feat he accomplished in 1953 and 1954. A veteran of three Pro Bowls, Perry was All-AAFC in 1949 and All-NFL in 1953 and 1954.
"The Jet" played 13 seasons with the 49ers before being traded to the Baltimore Colts in 1961. After two seasons with the Colts he returned to San Francisco for one final season. In 16 seasons of outstanding play, Joe Perry amassed a total of 9,723 rushing yards and averaged an amazing 4.9 yards per carry.
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