The San Francisco 49ers announced Monday that Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry has passed away at the age of 84.
Nicknamed "The Jet" for his exceptional speed, Perry died from complications due to dementia.
Perry played 14 of his 16 seasons with the 49ers (1948-1960, '63). He remains San Francisco's all-time leader in rushing yards (7,344) and rushing touchdowns (50).
A three-time Pro Bowler (1952-54) and two-time first-team All-Pro (1953-54), Perry was the first player to ever record consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons (1953-54).
Perry, who played two seasons for the Baltimore Colts (1961-62), finished his career with 9,723 rushing yards on 1,929 carries. He had 71 touchdowns on the ground, while adding 2,021 receiving yards on 260 catches and 12 touchdowns over 181 games.
"I was deeply saddened to hear of Joe Perry's passing earlier today," said 49ers owner and co-chairman John York. "He was a dear friend to my family and me and to the entire 49ers organization. He was also an integral part of our rich history. A truly remarkable man both on and off the field, Joe had a lasting impact on the game of football and was an inspirational man to the generations of players that followed him. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his wife, Donna, and his entire family. He will be sadly missed by all of us. We are honored to be able to continue to pay tribute to him through the annual Perry/Yonamine Unity Award recognizing his and fellow 49ers alumnus, Wally Yonamine's barrier-breaking contributions to the 49ers."