Chris Burford

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Chris Burford
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No. 88
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1938-01-31) January 31, 1938 (age 83)
Oakland, California
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1960  / Round: 9 / Pick: 105
AFL draft: 1960  / Round: 1
Career history
  • Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs (1960–1967)
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:391
Receiving yards:5505
Touchdowns:55
Player stats at NFL.com

Christopher William Burford III (born January 31, 1938) is a former American football wide receiver.

Burford was a football captain at Stanford, leading the NCAA in receptions with 61 in 1959. The following year, he was a first round draft pick of the Dallas Texans. in the American Football League (AFL) [1] He led the Texans/Chiefs in pass receptions in four seasons (1961–1963, 1965). An AFL All-Star in 1961, he followed that performance with a team-record 12 receptions for touchdowns in 1962. [2] By the end of his career, he was the Chiefs all-time reception leader (391) with 5,505 yards and 55 touchdowns.

For most of his AFL career, Burford was in the top ten in receiving catches, yards, and touchdowns. Burford is a 1975 inductee of the Chiefs' Hall of Fame. In 2010, he was inducted into the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame. [3] Burford, who is white, was nominated by former black teammate Abner Haynes. [4]

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References

  1. Paige Ricks. "The Rookies". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  2. "Hall of Fame: Chris Burford - 1975". Kansas City Chiefs. Archived from the original on January 7, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2012.
  3. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 14, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. Paige Ricks. "The Rookies". Stanford Magazine. Retrieved July 28, 2012.