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
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 ...
Sat, 20 Jun 2015 22:03:45 -0700
TROY >> architecture+, a design and service oriented architecture and planning firm in Troy, announce that Frank Pitts, principal with architecture+, was a plenary speaker at this year's International Summit on Health Care Planning, Design, and ...
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 ...
Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:42:57 -0700
The Resolution was drafted by Rosa Sheng, AIASF Assistant Treasurer and Equity by Design Committee Chair; Julia Donoho, co-founder of the Julia Morgan Foundation; and AIA National Vice President Frank Pitts. In its intent, the resolution asks for the ...
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 ...
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