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KU Fullback 1959-1961, 6-2, 212

KU Fullback 1959-1961, 6-2, 212

Curtis McClinton was big, strong and fast. And he brought excitement to KU’s backfield.

Although he was used as a blocking back at KU, McClinton still carried the ball for 1,377 yards in his three-year career. That puts him at No. 21 on KU’s all-time rushing list. He was the team’s leading rusher in 1959.

Both the Sporting News and the Pro Scouts named McClinton in 1961 to their own All-America teams. He also was named to the Big Eight’s all-conference squad three times. McClinton also shined on the track, capturing the Big Eight championship in hurdles all three years.

He was the American Football League Rookie of the Year in 1962 for the Dallas Texans, which moved the next year and became the Kansas City Chiefs.

Curtis studied Classical VOICE at Wichita State University, The University of Kansas, Howard University, etc. He has performed with the D.C. Symphony Orchestra, the singing of the National Anthem for a Kansas City Chiefs game, and other local events.