Jan. 8, 2003
Seattle - Former Washington running back Hugh McElhenny will be among six former players inducted into the East-West Shrine Game Hall of Fame this week in San Francisco. McElhenny will be joined by Alan Page (Notre Dame), Merlin Olsen (Utah State), Les Richter (California), Gene Washington (Stanford) and Craig Morton (California).
McElhenny participated in the 1951 East-West Shrine Game. The former record-setting running back set Washington's career rushing mark with 2,499 yards between 1949-51. He still holds the UW record for single-game rushing for his 296-yard effort against Washington State in 1950. McElhenny's 13-year professional career including stints with the San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants and Detroit Lions. He is still regarded as one of the greatest broken-field runners in the history of college and professional football.
McElhenny, Page and Olsen are also members of the Professional Football Hall of Fame. This year's class is the second included into the East-West Shrine Game's Hall of Fame. The inaugural group included Dick Butkus, Eddie LeBaron, Ollie Matson, Dick Stanfel, Volney Peters and former President Gerald Ford, a center-linebacker at Michigan.
The Shrine Game, to be held at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco on Jan. 11, benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children. This year's game will include Washington linebacker Ben Mahdavi and tight end Kevin Ware.