Stephens native and Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Perry dies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hall of Fame fullback Joe Perry, the first

player with back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons and nicknamed

"The Jet" for his speed, has died. He was 84.

The San Francisco 49ers announced that Perry died Monday in

Arizona of complications from dementia.

Perry was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969 following a

16-year NFL career, 14 years with the 49ers and the other two for

the Baltimore Colts.

A three-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro, Perry still stands

as San Francisco's all-time leader in yards rushing (7,344) and

touchdowns rushing (50). He led the 49ers in rushing on eight

occasions, including seven consecutive seasons from 1949-1955.