Joe Perry, the all time 49ers rushing leader and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Monday at the age of 84.
John Madden told the KCBS morning crew that he grew up watching Perry.
“He was one of the great players… and always a respected gentleman,” said Madden
Madden said Perry’s 49ers rushing record is all the more impressive because he shared the ball in a backfield that included fellow Hall of Famers Hugh McElhenny, John Henry Johnson and Y.A. Tittle.
“He was so quick… From the time the ball was snapped until he hit the hole was a very short and quick time,” said Madden. “He was tough to defend because he was so quick, and hard to hand off to because he was so quick.”
Also on Monday, a federal judge has granted the players’ request for an injunction to end the owners’ lockout over the NFL contract dispute.
Madden said it’s not a sign that the dispute will be resolved anytime soon.
“It’s still going to be a long road,” said Madden. “I’m just hoping for the day when it gets out of the courts and away from the lawyers and gets back to the participants. Until that happens, nothing’s going to get done.” (7:30)