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|Date of birth:||July 3, 1947|
|Place of birth:||Portland, Oregon|
|High school:||David Douglas|
|NFL draft:||1969 / Round: 9 / Pick: 230|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Stats at NFL.com|
|Stats at pro-football-reference.com|
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.
Dallas Cowboys (first stint)
He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 9th round (230th overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft. As a rookie he was the fastest running back in training camp, but was waived and signed to the Cowboys taxi squad, before being promoted to the roster on November 13.
New Orleans Saints
Dallas Cowboys (second stint)
Welch was re-signed to the taxi squad on October 14, 1970. He is best remembered for his play against the San Francisco 49ers in the 1970 NFC Championship game. In 1971, he earned a ring as a member of the Super Bowl VI-winning Dallas Cowboys, under coach Tom Landry. He was released on September 6, 1972.
Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots
Welch was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on October 24, 1973. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 5. He was released on August 16, 1974, after failing his physical examination. He finished his NFL career with 83 rushing yards and 7 receiving yards.
- Perkins, Steve. The Dallas Cowboys: Winning the Big One. Grosset & Dunlap, 1972. ISBN 0-448-02080-7
- Epstein, Eddie. Dominance: The Best Seasons of Pro Football's Greatest Teams. Dulles, VA: Brassey's Inc., 2002. 110. ISBN 1-57488-466-2