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.
The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 21:30:00 -0700
FOXBORO – The rings are all in the family now. As a wide receiver with the Kansas City Chiefs, Frank Pitts earned two Super Bowl rings – one as a member of the team that lost what was known at the time as the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game (now ...
Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:25:57 -0800
25, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots are to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, Sunday, Feb. 1, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Kansas City wide receiver Frank Pitts (25) and Raiders' defensive back Willie Brown (24) try to ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 06:19:58 -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 ...
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 15:18:55 -0700
Bolden's grandfather, Frank Pitts, played wide receiver for the Chiefs, including their 23-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IV in January 1970. Through Pitts, who played for the Chiefs (1965-70), Browns (1971-73), and Raiders (1974 ...
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