Ulysses Curtis

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Ulysses Curtis
Born (1926-05-10)May 10, 1926
Albion, Michigan
Died October 6, 2013(2013-10-06) (aged 87)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Position(s) Running back
College Florida A&M
1950-1954 Toronto Argonauts

Ulysses "Crazy Legs" Curtis (May 10, 1926 – October 6, 2013) was a running back in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts from 1950-1954. He won two Grey Cups with Toronto in 1950 and 1952.

Curtis was the Argonauts' first black player.[1]

Curtis is sixth on the Argonauts all time career touchdown list with 47 touchdowns, fourth on the Argos all time rushing list with 3,712 yards on 529 carries, second on the Argos all-time list with most yards in a game with 208 yards, and third on the team list of most 100-yard rushing games with 12.[2]

After retirement from football, Curtis remained in Toronto and raised his family. He owned a cleaning business and later became a teacher and coach in the North York Board of Education. He also helped coach the York University football team in the 1960s.[3]

He was named to the Toronto Argonauts All-Time Argos List in 2005.[4]

Curtis died October 6, 2013 in Toronto.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ulysses Curtis opened doors in Toronto — and dashed through". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  2. ^ Wallace, Craig. "Ulysses Curtis". Argos Heroes. Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Retrieved 2008-04-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Remembering Ulysses Curtis, the first black Argonaut, who went on to educate many". yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 
  4. ^ "ULYSSES ‘CRAZY LEGS’ CURTIS & DAVE ‘SUPERMAN’ MANN NAMED TO ALL-TIME ARGO LIST". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. 2005-10-26. Retrieved 2008-04-20. [dead link]


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