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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
  • AFL Champion (1967)
  • 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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The Advocate

The Advocate
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:25:57 -0800

“It's heart-warming just realizing that my grandson is stepping in my shoes and going to the 'Big Show,' ” Frank Pitts said. Now Brycen Bolden is going to have third Super Bowl to watch. Who knows, maybe someday he'll have his own video to add to the ...

Plain Dealer

Plain Dealer
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:09:21 -0700

mike-phipps.jpg Quarterback Mike Phipps (15) hands off to running back Bo Scott during the Cleveland Browns' 1971 training camp. Plain Dealer. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns traded Paul Warfield after the wide receiver had played the first six seasons ...

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 ...

Arrowhead Pride (blog)

Arrowhead Pride (blog)
Mon, 23 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0700

Looking back at the roster of the 1970 Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, as our 2008 team marches down that same path. Frank Pitts played wide receiver for the Kansas City Chiefs from 1965 to 1970, earning a place in Chiefs' lore with an ...

Press Herald

Press Herald
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 01:06:54 -0700

... from the devistation of toxic heavy metals such as lead and arsenic? gadfly371. Sicko dems. They'd blame Republicans for anything . No! Wait! They already do. Poor ,misguided, ignorant fools. And Milbank is their hero along with Frank, Pitts, and ...

Albany Times Union

Albany Times Union
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:42:19 -0800

Mary Jane Smith helps serve lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Unity House in Troy, N.Y. Smith, one of the founders of Unity House, still volunteers at age 87. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union). Mary Jane Smith helps serve lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 3 ...

The Root

The Root
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:05:27 -0800

Emmitt Thomas and Frank Pitts, two more HBCU products, went from reserves in the 1967 game to longtime starters. And when the Chiefs returned to the Super Bowl in 1970 as a 12-point underdog against the Minnesota Vikings, they won emphatically, 23-7.

The Advocate

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

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. (AP Photo) ORG XMIT: APHS86777. Advocate ...

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