Category Archives: Curtis McClinton
The Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs had some great running backs in their AFL years – Abner Haynes, Mack Lee Hill, Mike Garrett… But they also had Curtis McClinton, an excellent back in his own right, who seems to get overshadowed by the others. Haynes was the first and fantastic. Hill was on his way to stardom before dying unexpectedly on the operating table. Garrett, a Heisman Trophy winner at USC, came into pro football with much excitement, and was a good producer for the Chiefs for several years.
FRIDAY DEC. 21 WITH UPI STORY ON AFL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
DAP121908 – 12/19/62 – DALLAS: Curtis McClinton, the Dallas Texans’ fullback, has been named the “Rookie of the Year” in the American Football League by UPI. McClinton here takes time out during workouts for AFL championship game to autograph footballs. UPI TELEPHOTO
On January 13, 1963, the AFL’s Eastern and Western Division All-Star Squads met on a chilly 49-degree afternoon in San Diego’s Balboa Stadium. The squads, filled out with the best that the American Football League had to offer, fought to a 21-14 end, with the West winning their second consecutive all-star match. The Most Valuable Player honors went to the Dallas Texans running back, Curtis McClinton, and San Diego Chargers defensive end, Earl Faison.
>With their 14th round pick in the 1962 AFL Draft, the Dallas Texans selected Kansas running back, Curtis McClinton. McClinton, who had opted to return to Kansas for his senior year rather than sign with the Los Angeles Rams who had chosen him in the 1960 NFL Draft, had teamed with future Chargers quarterback, John Hadl, to lead the Jayhawks to a 7-3-1 record and a 33-7 victory over Rice in the Bluebonnet Bowl. With Abner Haynes secure at the halfback position, McClinton moved into the fullback slot. There he blocked for Haynes while the fleet-footed back scampered for 1,049 yards and 13 touchdowns. Additionally, McClinton carried the ball 111 times for 604 yards (5.4 average) and two touchdowns. He also hauled in 29 receptions for 333 yards (11.5 average). For his efforts McClinton was named AFL Rookie of the Year. In the AFL All-Star Game, McClinton rushed eight times for 104 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown run, and was named Offensive Player of the Game. Curtis McClinton played from 1962-1969 with the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs. In 107 career games, the 232-lb. back rushed 762 times for 3,124 yards (4.1 average) and 18 touchdowns. He had 154 receptions for 1,945 yards (12.6 average) and 14 touchdowns. Today, some 43 years after his retirement, Curtis McClinton is still the Chiefs eighth all-time leading rusher.