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Joe Perry
Jersey #(s)
Born January 22, 1927 (1927-01-22) (age 83)
Stephens, Ouachita County, Arkansas, USA
Career information
Year(s) 19481963
Undrafted in 1948
College Compton CC
Professional teams
Career stats
Rushing Yards 9,723
Average 5.0
Touchdowns 71
Stats at
Career highlights and awards

Fletcher Joseph Perry (born January 22, 1927, in Stephens, Arkansas) is a former professional American football fullback for the San Francisco 49ers from 1948 to 1950 (while the 49ers were a member of the NFL's rival league, the AAFC), then 1950 to 1960 when the 49ers were absorbed into the NFL, the Baltimore Colts from 1961–1962, and finally back to the 49ers for his final year in football, 1963.

After military service in World War II, Perry attended Compton Junior College where he teamed with future Pro Football Hall of Fame member Hugh McElhenny. Together they won back-to-back national championships in 1946 and 1947. Perry then went directly into pro football joining the 49ers' in 1948. Nicknamed "The Jet," Perry was not known for being a powerful fullback, or particularly elusive; he simply had fantastic speed (9.7 100 yards).

Perry retired as the NFL career rushing leader, surpassing the old record of 5860 yards held by Steve Van Buren, which was later broken by Jim Brown on October 20, 1963. The first NFL runner ever to have consecutive 1,000 yard rushing seasons (1953 and 1954), Perry's durability allowed him to play in three separate decades, from the 1940s to the 1960s, for 16 seasons. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

In addition to his football career, Perry also hosted a popular sports and music radio program, "Both Sides Of The Record," sponsored by Burgermeister Beer, on R&B-formatted KWBR (1310 AM; later known as KDIA) beginning in 1954. The program was arranged by Franklin Mieuli, a sports entrepreneur who worked in marketing for Burgie, in addition to being a part-owner of the 49ers and producer of the team's radio and television broadcasts.

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Preceded by
Steve Van Buren
NFL Career Rushing Yards Leader
1958 - 1963
Succeeded by
Jim Brown


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