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
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
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
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.
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:25:57 -0800
“Hank Stram was the orchestrator of all that,” Frank Pitts said. “The name of the play was '51 Go Reverse.' Hank had it in his head I was probably one of the quickest ones that could get from one corner to the other corner running that reverse.” He was ...
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:33:28 -0700
FOXBORO — When he was younger, Patriots running back Brandon Bolden used to try on and admire his grandfather's Super Bowl ring. Frank Pitts was a wide receiver on the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl IV championship team. Bolden, of course, won ...
Tue, 18 Aug 2015 08:53:36 -0700
Led by former Georgia State Women's Head Coach Dominic Martelli and Norcross High School's Frank Pitts, it's a frenetic pace that even wears on its spectators. “All we wanna do is put the ball in the back of the net and keep it out of ours,” says Coach ...
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 21:30:00 -0700
Many noted local performers are part of the production, including Michael Kelly as the Mikado, Caroline Marie Collins as Yum-Yum, David Lindsay as Ko-Ko, Frank Pitts as Pooh-Bah, Kim Streby as Katisha and Ethan Rodgers as Nanki-Poo. “The Mikado” will ...
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:09:21 -0700
Prior to the 1971 season, the Browns traded a 1972 fourth-round draft pick and a 1973 third-rounder to the Kansas City Chiefs for wideout Frank Pitts. He had three solid, though unspectacular seasons with Cleveland. It was Phipps and Pitts who teamed ...
PR Newswire (press release)
PR Newswire (press release)
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:14:19 -0800
DALLAS, Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Maguire Energy Institute at SMU Cox School of Business honored David Miller, co-founder and managing partner of EnCap Investments, L.P., with the 2014 L. Frank Pitts Energy Leadership Award at ...
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 ...
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:34:44 -0700
Owner Frank Pitts spoke at the ceremony, along with a host of Madison officials and the many employees of Insanity Skate Park. “We are already being hit left and right with people looking for events,” said Pitts, who owns Quantum Research International ...
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