Ulysses Curtis

Ulysses "Crazy Legs" Curtis (May 10, 1926 – October 6, 2013) was a running back in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts from 1950-1954. He won two Grey Cups with Toronto in 1950 and 1952.

Ulysses Curtis
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1926-05-10)May 10, 1926
Albion, Michigan
Died:October 6, 2013(2013-10-06) (aged 87)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Career information
College:Florida A&M
Career history

Curtis was the Argonauts' first black player.[1]

Curtis is sixth on the Argonauts all-time career touchdown list with 47 touchdowns, fourth on the Argos all-time rushing list with 3,712 yards on 529 carries, second on the Argos all-time list with most yards in a game with 208 yards, and third on the team list of most 100-yard rushing games with 12.[2]

After retirement from football, Curtis remained in Toronto and raised his family. He owned a cleaning business and later became a teacher and coach in the North York Board of Education. In 1959 he coached the North York Knights, a team that played in the national Canadian Junior Football championships. He also helped coach the York University football team in the 1960s.[3]

He was named to the Toronto Argonauts All-Time Argos List in 2005.[4]

Curtis died October 6, 2013 in Toronto.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ulysses Curtis opened doors in Toronto — and dashed through". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  2. ^ Wallace, Craig. "Ulysses Curtis". Argos Heroes. Toronto Argonauts Football Club. Archived from the original on 2013-01-15. Retrieved 2008-04-20.
  3. ^ "Remembering Ulysses Curtis, the first black Argonaut, who went on to educate many". yahoo.com. Retrieved 2013-10-30.
  4. ^ "ULYSSES 'CRAZY LEGS' CURTIS & DAVE 'SUPERMAN' MANN NAMED TO ALL-TIME ARGO LIST". Toronto Argonauts Football Club. 2005-10-26. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2008-04-20.


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