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Keith Payson Lincoln (born May 8, 1939) is a former American football running back who played nine seasons in the American Football League with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

Keith Lincoln
No. 22, 20
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1939-05-08) May 8, 1939 (age 80)
Reading, Michigan
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Monrovia (CA)
College:Washington State
NFL Draft:1961 / Round: 5 / Pick: 61
(by the Chicago Bears)
AFL draft:1961 / Round: 2 / Pick: 15
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1969
Rushing attempts-yards:758-3383
Player stats at


Early yearsEdit

Born in Reading, Michigan, Lincoln graduated from Monrovia High School in southern California in 1957 and played college football at Washington State University in Pullman.[1][2] Originally a quarterback on the freshman team,[3][4][5] he was the "Monrovia Meteor," and later became the "Moose of the Palouse,"[6] and was also the punter for the Cougars.[7] He was inducted into the WSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979.

Professional careerEdit

Lincoln maintained his versatility after being drafted by the American Football League's San Diego Chargers in 1961.[8][9] In his third season in 1963 he led the team in rushing, punt return, and kickoff return yards. In the AFL championship game, he accounted for a then NFL regular and postseason record (now just a postseason record) of 329 yards of yards from scrimmage (206 yards rushing on 13 carries, 123 yards receiving) plus a 20-yard completion as the Chargers routed the Boston Patriots 51-10.[10][11][12][13]

A five-time All-AFL selection (1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, and 1967), Lincoln produced unforgettable plays virtually every season. In 1961, he caught a record-setting 91 yard TD pass; in 1962, he ran a kickoff back for a Chargers' record 103 yards. Lincoln had three games in which he gained 100 or more yards on 14 or fewer carries, and in both 1963 and 1964 was the AFL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

He was traded in March 1967 to the Buffalo Bills,[14] but returned to San Diego during the 1968 season.

Lincoln is a member of the Chargers, WSU Athletic, and State of Washington Sports halls of fame.[15]

In 1995, a panel of experts commissioned by The Spokesman-Review to commemorate the 100th anniversary of football at WSU named Lincoln to its all-time team. A similar honor was bestowed on him in 1998 when named him to its all-time Cougar team.

After footballEdit

After retiring as a player, Lincoln returned to the Palouse and was an assistant coach at neighboring Idaho in 1970 under first-year head coach Don Robbins.[16] He became an assistant coach at alma mater WSU in 1971 under fourth-year head coach Jim Sweeney,[17] and later became the school's long-time director of alumni relations.[1][18][19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Caraher, Pat (Spring 2004). "Keith Lincoln, Barn Builder". Washington State University. (Alumni). Retrieved January 23, 2016.
  2. ^ "Cougar fans whoop it up for versatile Keith Lincoln". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 16, 1959. p. 14.
  3. ^ "Vandals and Cougars start football workouts". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 1, 1958. p. 8.
  4. ^ "Lincoln is Cougar jack-of-all trades". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. UPI. October 20, 1959. p. 22.
  5. ^ Johnson, Bob (November 27, 1959). "Wanted: quarterbacks". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 11.
  6. ^ Missildine, Harry (November 27, 1959). "Moose of Palouse paces Cougar victory". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 14.
  7. ^ "11 marks set by Cougar trio". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 22, 1960. p. 30.
  8. ^ "Keith Lincoln second pick of Chargers". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. November 22, 1960. p. 14.
  9. ^ "Keith Lincoln picks AFL L.A. Chargers". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. January 2, 1961. p. 15.
  10. ^ "Chargers rout Boston, 51-10; compared with NFL teams". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 11, part 2.
  11. ^ "Are Chargers good enough for NFL opponents?". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 3B.
  12. ^ "Charger win Lincolnesque; Palouse Moose gains 349". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 12.
  13. ^ "Keith Lincoln leads way as Chargers rout Boston". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. January 6, 1964. p. 15.
  14. ^ "Chargers trade Keith Lincoln for Bills' Day". Lawrence Journal-World. Kansas. Associated Press. March 14, 1967. p. 12.
  15. ^ "Keith Lincoln named to state hall of fame". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. December 4, 1980. p. 3C.
  16. ^ "Keith Lincoln moves to Vandals". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. September 15, 1970. p. 14.
  17. ^ Washington (January 27, 1971). "Lincoln joins Cougar staff". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. p. 29.
  18. ^ Missildine, Harry (April 14, 1981). "Campbell, Moose to join 'Hall'". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 23.
  19. ^ Weaver, Dan (January 16, 1983). "Garbage? not quite". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. C3.

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