Keith Lincoln

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Keith Lincoln
No. 22, 20
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1939-05-08) May 8, 1939 (age 76)
Place of birth: 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
Receptions-yards: 165-2250
Touchdowns: 40
Player stats at NFL.com

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.[7]

Pro career[edit]

He 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 San Diego Chargers and Washington State University Athletic Halls of Fame.

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 Cougfan.com 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.[15] He became an assistant coach at alma mater WSU in 1971 under fourth-year head coach Jim Sweeney,[16] and later became the school's long-time director of alumni relations.[1][17][18]

See also[edit]

References[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 moves to Vandals". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). September 15, 1970. p. 14. 
  16. ^ Washington (January 27, 1971). "Lincoln joins Cougar staff". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. p. 29. 
  17. ^ Missildine, Harry (April 14, 1981). "Campbell, Moose to join 'Hall'". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 23. 
  18. ^ Weaver, Dan (January 16, 1983). "Garbage? not quite". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. C3. 

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