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49ers great Joe Perry dies at 84

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Fullback Joe Perry of the San Francisco 49ers runs upfield during a 34 to 23 loss to the Chicago Bears on October 23, 1955 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, California. One of American football's fastest ever fullbacks, Joe "The Jet" Perry was the first African-American to play for the 49ers and the first pro-footballer to rush 1000 yards in two consecutive seasons (1953 and 1954). Perry died from complications related to dementia, aged 84 years, on April 25, 2011 in Chandler, Arizona.

Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry, the first player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and nicknamed "The Jet" for his sensational speed, died Monday. He was 84.

Perry was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969 following a 16-year NFL career, 14 years with the San Francisco 49ers and the other two for the Baltimore Colts. Continue reading.