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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
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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Madison Record

Madison Record
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:33:45 -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 ...


Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:48:27 -0700

There's so much to do and there's such a large area that it's intended to be a family type activity but again, there's something to do for all different age groups," says Frank Pitts. The complex celebrated Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony and ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 04:52:17 -0700

Football The NFL this season will recognize nearly 100 Georgia high schools that produced 131 alumni who were players or head coaches in the Super Bowl. That's especially exciting for Griffin High, which ranks tied for second nationally with six alumni ...


Tue, 05 May 2015 13:52:00 -0700

The Browns have announced jersey numbers for all 12 of their selections in the 2015 NFL Draft. All but one (defensive lineman Xavier Cooper ) will be donning a different number than what they wore in their final college season. The Browns' first pick, ...

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