Ulysses Curtis

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Ulysses Curtis
Position: Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1926-05-10)May 10, 1926
Place of birth: Albion, Michigan
Date of death: October 6, 2013(2013-10-06) (aged 87)
Place of death: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Career information
College: Florida A&M
Career history

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. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 
  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. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 


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