George McAfee, Class of 1966
George McAfee's Hall of Fame bust.
George McAfee's Hall of Fame mural.
McAfee (right)> was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966. Dich Gallagher (left)>, McAfee's former high school coach, served as his presenter.
McAfee pioneered the use of low-cut shoes, which he believed improved his speed and elusiveness. A pair of his cleats are currently on display in the Hall's Moments, Memories, & Mementos Gallry.
McAfee's pro career was not particularly long – limited to just eight years before and after World War II service. While his career statistics are not overwhelming, they do show that he did just about everything a player could do with a football.
George, whether running wide or up the middle, either as a pass receiver or a decoy, was known as "One-Play McAfee," and a constant headache to the opposition.
A number one draft pick in 1940, George McAfee established himself as an explosive game breaker, the kind of back that was a threat to go all the way every time he had the ball.
George McAfee (second from left) was on hand for a celebration of the Hall’s 5,000,000th visitor in 1991. Here he poses with Pete Pihos (HOF Class of 1970), special guest Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Groza (Class of 1974) and former Hall of Fame Executive Director Pete Elliott.
A phenomenal two-way star, was a long-distance scoring threat on any play.