Name: Curtis McClinton
How Acquired: Draft (No. 13 – 1962)
Position: Running Back
Career: 1962 – 1969
College: University of Kansas
Birth Date: June 25, 1939
Birth Place: Muskogee, Oklahoma
The Sporting News All-American football player and three-time Big Eight high hurdle champion from the University of Kansas, was the Dallas Texans’ 13th round draft choice in 1962. Curtis filled the position of running back from 1962 until 1969. He was voted Rookie of the Year of the AFL in 1962 and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award in the 1963 AFL Pro-Bowl game. In Curtis’ career, he played in five Pro-Bowl games.
During his rookie season, Curtis rushed for 604 yards on 111 attempts (an average of 5.5 yards per carry), caught 20 passes for 3333 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns. His 762 rushing attempts are fourth on the team’s all-time list and he ranks fifth on the all-time rushing list with 3,124 yards. He was also an outstanding blocker.
Curtis was also very successful as a receiver during his eight year career, with 1,945 yards in passing yardage. On December 19, 1965, he caught five passes for 213 yards, the second most receiving yards in one game in team history. His average of 42 yards per gain in one game that day is a franchise record.
The Chiefs made five post-season appearances during Curtis’ career. He rushed for 70 yards in the Dallas Texans’ 20-17 double overtime victory in the 1962 AFL Championship Game against Houston; gained 38 yards and caught one pass for 11 yards in the 1966 AFL Championship Game (a 31 – 7 victory over Buffalo) and scored the Chiefs only touchdown in the loss to Green Bay in Super Bowl I. Curtis was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs World Championship team that defeated the Minnesota Vikings in 1970. Curtis was inducted in the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1995 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Kansas City Chiefs World Championship team.
Curtis is a registered investment banker and the owner of McClinton Development Company, Inc. He formerly served as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development in Washington, D.C. Curtis is a graduate from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and holds a Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and a Doctorate from Miles College. After Harvard, Curtis went on to be the Federal Senior Executive at the White House and also had some international experience doing business in Africa and China. He acts as an active member of the Kansas City community through his business and government affiliations. Curtis also enjoys professionally singing classical music throughout the country.