Hugh Edward McElhenny (born December 31, 1928 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football running back in the National Football League who played from 1952–1964, for the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions. He was noted for his explosive, elusive running style and was frequently called "The King" and "Hurryin' Hugh". He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970. McElhenny suffered from Guillain-Barre syndrome, from which he almost died. He was temporarily paralyzed from the neck down and had to use a walker for a year.
He is related to the McElhenny family of Louisiana, the makers of Tabasco sauce.
By Dean Hanley
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