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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 71)
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.

Personal[edit]

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]

References[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
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:25:57 -0800

1, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) 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 ...
 
Plain Dealer
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 ...

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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 ...
 
Enterprise News (blog)
Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:06:23 -0700

Frank Pitts' hands were once his livelihood. Pitts spent 10 years as a wide receiver in pro football, his career spanning from 1965-1974 with Kansas City, Cleveland and Oakland, time in which he appeared in 127 games, catching 175 passes for 2,897 ...

FOXSports.com

FOXSports.com
Fri, 06 Feb 2015 08:20:11 -0800

Swann had John Stallworth raising hell on the other side of the field; Otis had Frank Pitts. Moreover, Taylor's career was over three years before the NFL changed the bump-and-run rule in 1978 to allow receivers more freedom downfield. "I don't know ...
 
WAFB.com
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:15:00 -0800

Frank Pitts played in the very first Super Bowl in 1965 for the Kansas City Chiefs. He is a Southern University alum. "He had some health problems," said Maurice Pitts, the son of Frank Pitts. "Just talking to the doctors...instead of just a strict ...

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Bleacher Report
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 22:17:03 -0800

The idea of asking that question seemed ridiculous prior to last season. Davis was coming off of a Pro Bowl season, where he served both as the 49ers' chief deep-ball threat and red-zone target. His 16.3 yards per reception led all 49ers with more than ...
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