Curtis McClinton brought versatility to the University of Kansas from his native Wichita. As a Jayhawk, McClinton was named to The Sporting News All-America team and to the Pro Scouts' All-America team in 1961. He was also a three-time All-Big Eight selection. He won the 1960 Indoor Big 8 Track and Field 60-yard High Hurdles title. Although he played primarily as a blocking back, he still ranks 21st on KU's all-time career rushing list with 1,377 yards. In 1959 he was the leading rusher on the team. Before going on to a professional career, he played in the East-West Shrine game, the Hula Bowl and the All-Star game. A 14th-round draft pick of the Dallas Texans (later the Kansas City Chiefs), McClinton went on to earn rookie of the year honors. In 1963 he was selected as the most valuable player of the American Football League All-Star game. In 1969, he was a member of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. He was selected to the all-time KU team by Jayhawk fans to commemorate the centennial of college football in 1999. During the 2004 season, McClinton was added to the Memorial Stadium Ring of Honor.
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