Former San Francisco 49ers halfback J.R. Boone passed away earlier this month on Jan. 21 at his home in Selma, Okla. He was 86 years old.
A native of Clinton, Okla., Boone played football for Sand Springs High School and was selected for the Oklahoma State All-Star game in 1943. He went on to become a four-sport athlete at the University of Tulsa, earning nine varsity letters in football, basketball, track and baseball. Boone was selected by the Chicago Bears in the 22nd round of the 1948 NFL Draft. He went on to play for the Bears until he was traded to the 49ers in 1952. After one year in San Francisco, Boone was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1953. During his six-year pro career he rushed for 497 yards and five touchdowns on 130 carries . In 63 career games, Boone also hauled in 69 receptions for 1,251 yards and eight touchdowns.
After football, Boone enjoyed a 20-year coaching career at the high school and collegiate level and was selected to several Hall-of-Fame organizations. He is survived by his three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial in honor of Boone’s life was held on January 27th in Fresno, and remembrances may be made to Reedley College Quarterback’s Club.
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