Name: Ted McKnight
Position: Running Back
How Acquired: Waivers (Oakland – 1977)
Career: 1977 – 1983
College: Minnesota – Duluth
Birth Date: February 26, 1954
Birth Place: Duluth, Minnesota
Ted McKnight left college as the top rusher in Minnesota-Duluth’s history with 2,963 yards in four seasons. He was the NCAA Division II rushing champion in 1976, with 1,482 yards on 220 carries and 24 touchdowns – a record at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
McKnight was a second round draft pick by Oakland and was picked up by the Chiefs on waivers, just before the opening of the regular season. In 1982 and 1983 he played for the Buffalo Bills.
At first, McKnight was used as a kickoff return man and his 70 yard return in 1977 is still in the Chiefs record books. In 1979, Ted also set a record for the longest run from the line of scrimmage (84 yards) against the Seattle Seahawks. In 1980 and 1981, McKnight led the Kansas City Chiefs rushing attack. In 1981, he was 13th among the AFC runners with 693 yards, down from 755 yards in 1980.