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Hugh McElhenny


Hugh Edward McElhenny, Jr.

Inducted 1981

Date of Birth



Los Angeles, CA


University of Washington (1949-1951)


Washington halfback Hugh McElhenny was known as one of football's greatest broken field runners. His finest season came in his 1950 junior year, when he established single-game marks for rushing (296 yards), touchdowns (5) and total points (30) as the Huskies lashed Washington State, 52-21, in the final game of the season. The next year, the 6-1, 197-pound senior kept right on gaining yardage, scoring points and setting records. In a game against Southern California, McElhenny stunned the Trojans with a 100-yard punt return for a touchdown. His season statistics showed 17 touchdowns and 125 total points. And then he was honored with a first- team All-America selection, despite Washington's rather unspectacular 3-6-1 record. Over three varsity seasons, McElhenny logged the following statistics: 2,499 yards rushing, 122 yards passing and 2,621 yards total offense. Known as "The King" McElhenny followed his college career with pro campaigns at San Francisco, Minnesota, Green Bay, Detroit and New York before becoming vice-president of the Washington Transit Authority in Seattle.


Height 6'1

Weight 197

Career Highlights

  • 1951 All-West Coast
  • 1951 First Team All-America
  • 1951 Heisman - Eighth
  • 1950 All-West Coast
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