Keith Lincoln

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Keith Lincoln
No. 22, 20
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1939-05-08) May 8, 1939 (age 79)
Reading, Michigan
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Monrovia (CA)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1961 / Round: 5 / Pick: 61
(by the Chicago Bears)
AFL draft:1961 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1969
Rushing attempts-yards:758-3383
Player stats at

Keith Payson Lincoln (born May 8, 1939) is a former American football running back who played nine seasons in the American Football League with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

Early years[edit]

Born in Reading, Michigan, Lincoln graduated from Monrovia High School in southern California in 1957 and played college football at Washington State University in Pullman.[1][2] Originally a quarterback on the freshman team,[3][4][5] he was the "Monrovia Meteor," and later became the "Moose of the Palouse,"[6] and was also the punter for the Cougars.[7] He was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.

Professional career[edit]

Lincoln maintained his versatility after being drafted by the American Football League's San Diego Chargers in 1961.[8][9] In his third season in 1963 he led the team in rushing, punt return, and kickoff return yards. In the AFL championship game, he accounted for a then NFL regular and postseason record (now just a postseason record) of 329 yards of yards from scrimmage (206 yards rushing on 13 carries, 123 yards receiving) plus a 20-yard completion as the Chargers routed the Boston Patriots 51-10.[10][11][12][13]

A five-time All-AFL selection (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1967), Lincoln produced unforgettable plays virtually every season. In 1961, he caught a record-setting 91 yard TD pass; in 1962, he ran a kickoff back for a Chargers' record 103 yards. Lincoln had three games in which he gained 100 or more yards on 14 or fewer carries, and in both 1963 and 1964 was the AFL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

He was traded in March 1967 to the Buffalo Bills,[14] but returned to San Diego during the 1968 season.

Lincoln is a member of the Chargers, WSU Athletic, and State of Washington Sports halls of fame.[15]

In 1995, a panel of experts commissioned by The Spokesman-Review to commemorate the 100th anniversary of football at WSU named Lincoln to its all-time team. A similar honor was bestowed on him in 1998 when named him to its all-time Cougar team.

After football[edit]

After retiring as a player, Lincoln returned to the Palouse and was an assistant coach at neighboring Idaho in 1970 under first-year head coach Don Robbins.[16] He became an assistant coach at alma mater WSU in 1971 under fourth-year head coach Jim Sweeney,[17] and later became the school's long-time director of alumni relations.[1][18][19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Caraher, Pat (Spring 2004). "Keith Lincoln, Barn Builder". Washington State University. (Alumni). Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Cougar fans whoop it up for versatile Keith Lincoln". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 16, 1959. p. 14.
  3. ^ "Vandals and Cougars start football workouts". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 1, 1958. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Lincoln is Cougar jack-of-all trades". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. UPI. October 20, 1959. p. 22.
  5. ^ Johnson, Bob (November 27, 1959). "Wanted: quarterbacks". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 11.
  6. ^ Missildine, Harry (November 27, 1959). "Moose of Palouse paces Cougar victory". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 14.
  7. ^ "11 marks set by Cougar trio". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 22, 1960. p. 30.
  8. ^ "Keith Lincoln second pick of Chargers". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. November 22, 1960. p. 14.
  9. ^ "Keith Lincoln picks AFL L.A. Chargers". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. January 2, 1961. p. 15.
  10. ^ "Chargers rout Boston, 51-10; compared with NFL teams". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 11, part 2.
  11. ^ "Are Chargers good enough for NFL opponents?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 3B.
  12. ^ "Charger win Lincolnesque; Palouse Moose gains 349". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12.
  13. ^ "Keith Lincoln leads way as Chargers rout Boston". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 15.
  14. ^ "Chargers trade Keith Lincoln for Bills' Day". Lawrence Journal-World. Kansas. Associated Press. March 14, 1967. p. 12.
  15. ^ "Keith Lincoln named to state hall of fame". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 4, 1980. p. 3C.
  16. ^ "Keith Lincoln moves to Vandals". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 15, 1970. p. 14.
  17. ^ Washington (January 27, 1971). "Lincoln joins Cougar staff". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. p. 29.
  18. ^ Missildine, Harry (April 14, 1981). "Campbell, Moose to join 'Hall'". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 23.
  19. ^ Weaver, Dan (January 16, 1983). "Garbage? not quite". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. C3.

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