Keith Lincoln--1968


The question here is: "Did the Topps
cameraman say 'cheese' or is Keith
Lincoln just one happy guy?"

A multi-purpose running back who not
only ground out yards on hand-offs, but
also snared a few passes and returned
kicks; Lincoln sure seems happy to be a
Buffalo Bill.

Lincoln would spurn the Chicago Bears
in the NFL Draft to sign with the upstart
AFL San Diego Chargers in 1961. Under
the sunny skies of Southern California,
the former Washington State University
star would shine as the running back
would be named to five AFL Pro Bowls,
where he would twice claim MVP honors
for the game.

His best season came in 1963, as
Lincoln averaged 6.5 yards per carry to
lead the AFL while helping the Chargers
claim the league championship.

After six seasons with the Chargers,
Lincoln would find himself in Buffalo for
one-and-a-half seasons before returning
to San Diego to close out his career in
1968.

During his 9-year career, he would find
the end zone 40 times; 19 times on via
the run, 19 times on catches and twice
on kick returns. He would rush for 3,383
yards, while netting 2,250 receiving
yards and 1,360 yards on returns during
his career.

Lincoln would ultimately be remembered
for his strong efforts in the first days of
Chargers history by being named to their
Hall of Champions in 2001.

"Say Cheese"


(2/10/13)