Claxton Welch

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Claxton Welch
Date of birth: (1947-07-03) July 3, 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth: Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Oregon
NFL Draft: 1969 / Round: 9 / Pick: 230
As player:
Dallas Cowboys
New Orleans Saints
Dallas Cowboys
New England Patriots

Claxton Welch (born July 3, 1947 in Portland, Oregon) is a former NFL running back, that played for the Dallas Cowboys, the New Orleans Saints, and the New England Patriots. He played in Super Bowl V and Super Bowl VI.

Early years[edit]

He attended David Douglas High School where he was All-State in basketball and football.[1] He accepted a scholarship to the University of Oregon.

Professional career[edit]

He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1969 NFL Draft. As a rookie he was the fastest running back in training camp,[2] but was waived and signed to the Cowboys taxi squad, before being activated to the roster.[3] After his first season, he was sent to the New Orleans Saints for one game in 1970, before returning in 1971 and earning a Super Bowl ring as a member of the Super Bowl VI-winning Dallas Cowboys, under coach Tom Landry.[4] He was out of the league the next year, before returning with the New England Patriots in 1973.[5]

He finished with 83 career rushing yards and 7 yards receiving, and he is best known for his play against the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970 NFC Championship game.[6]


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