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For the American politician, see Frank L. Pitts.
Frank Pitts
No. 25, 85
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1943-11-12) November 12, 1943 (age 72)
Place of birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Career information
College: Southern
NFL draft: 1965 / Round: 16 / Pick: 213
(By the Chicago Bears)
AFL draft: 1965 / Round: 4 / Pick: 32
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Super Bowl Champion (IV)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 175
Receiving yards: 2897
Touchdowns: 27
Player stats at NFL.com

Frank H. Pitts (born November 12, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). He played ten seasons for the AFL's Kansas City Chiefs (1965–1969) and then the NFL's Chiefs (1970), Cleveland Browns (1971–1973) and Oakland Raiders (1974).

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Pitts came to the Chiefs in 1965, the team's fourth-round draft pick. He had speed and desire, but throughout the wide receiver's first three seasons in Kansas City. he acquired a "bad hands" label. However, he worked through the problem, and when starting wide receiver Otis Taylor was injured in 1968, Pitts stepped in. He was a starter the next three seasons, and his end around reverse runs became a big part of the Chiefs' offense.

Super Bowl IV[edit]

Hank Stram told the play to Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson. "Listen, let's have a ... 9-0-8, 51 G-O reverse." As Dawson ran back to the huddle, Stram told everyone on the sidelines, "Here comes the reverse from Tight I, it could be wide open." Dawson took the snap, faked to Wendell Hayes on the left side of the line, then turned the ball to a sprinting Frank Pitts, who turned the corner and jetted down the right sideline for 20 yards. It was one of the biggest plays of the Chiefs' Super Bowl IV win over the Minnesota Vikings, and it set up Jan Stenerud's third field goal of the game.

Pitts ran the reverse again in the third quarter and picked up a critical first down. Otis Taylor scored on the next play.

In 74 games for Kansas City, Pitts caught 78 passes for 11 touchdowns and ran the ball 24 times for 238 yards and one touchdown.

Cleveland and Oakland[edit]

The Chiefs traded Pitts to the Cleveland Browns before the start of the 1971 season, where he became one of their starting wide receivers. He finished his career with the Oakland Raiders.


Frank currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Frank is married to Diane Guidy Pitts and they have three children.

His grandson Brandon Bolden played at Ole Miss and is now a running back for the New England Patriots.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reiss, Mike. "Football journey: Brandon Bolden". Patriots Blog. ESPN Boston. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ Blog, KC Chiefs. "Around The Web: Replacing TG, Krumrie Runs, Chiefs Bloodlines In SEC". Retrieved 2012-09-22. 

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152 news items

Oil and Gas Investor (registration)
Fri, 15 Jan 2016 09:48:45 -0800

Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. (XOM), received the L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award from the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU's Cox School of Business in Dallas, SMU said Jan. 14. The Energy Leadership Award committee ...

PR Newswire (press release)

PR Newswire (press release)
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 10:22:30 -0800

DALLAS, Jan. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Maguire Energy Institute at SMU Cox School of Business honored Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation, with the L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award at a luncheon ...

Kansas City Star (blog)

Kansas City Star (blog)
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 16:20:14 -0800

Frank Pitts was “Riddler” for a laugh that reminded Stram of the Batman villain, and future broadcast partner Jack Buck was “Skippy” for his fondness for peanut butter. The team chaplain, Monsignor Vincent Mackey was “Blackbird,” to whom for ...

The Advocate

The Advocate
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:00:00 -0800

FILE--Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams is about to let go of a pass Jan. 31, 1988, during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXII with the Denver Broncos in San Diego. Williams, one of Eddie Robinson's finest quarterbacks before going on to ...

The Advocate

The Advocate
Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:32:01 -0800

(AP Photo/Bob Leverone) ORG XMIT: OTKBL115 Kansas City wide receiver Frank Pitts (25) and Raiders' defensive back Willie Brown (24) try to get their hands on the Chiefs' pass but it eludes both of them in the first quarter at Oakland, Dec. 12, 1970.

The Bellingham Herald

The Bellingham Herald
Tue, 26 Jan 2016 22:47:30 -0800

... linebacker Willie Lanier (Morgan State), defensive tackle Buck Buchanan (Grambling), running back Robert Holmes (Southern), cornerback Jim Marsalis (Tennessee State) and wide receivers Gloster Richardson (Jackson State) and Frank Pitts (Southern).
The Patriot Ledger (blog)
Mon, 11 Jan 2016 08:14:38 -0800

Glen Farley has covered sports for The Enterprise since 1978. His time on the Patriots beat dates back to the final year of the Raymond Berry regime, 1989. You could say his roots lie in Foxboro. He once won an award for a piece he wrote on the sod .

The New Orleans Advocate

The New Orleans Advocate
Thu, 14 Jan 2016 21:52:09 -0800

Those seven — Jim Taylor, Buck Buchanan, Willie Davis, Johnny Robinson, Max McGee, Frank Pitts and Smokey Stover — made up the considerable Louisiana delegation in Super Bowl I between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, which ...

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