Chiefs Hall of Honor

AFL

Mike Garrett

Mike Garrett

RB

1966-1970

Born: April 12, 1944 (Los Angeles, CA)

College: Southern California

Drafted: By Chiefs, 1966 / 20th Rd (178th overall)

Career Highlights:

  • AFL All-Star Game, 1966-67
  • All-AFL, 1967
  • Mack Lee Hill Award, 1966
  • Heisman Trophy, 1965
  • Chiefs Hall of Fame Inductee, 1978
  • College Football Hall of Fame Inductee, 1985

One of the last of the “bonus baby” draft choices in the war between the AFL and NFL, the Heisman Trophy winner at USC was a surprise signing, since it was assumed that the hometown Rams would win his services. Garrett had an instant impact on the team, leading the Chiefs in rushing each of his first two seasons. Though only 5-foot-9, Garrett had a darting, elusive running style. “His power is amazing,” said Hank Stram, “but his best attribute may be his great sense of balance with that tricky lateral movement. He’s always under control.” Garrett made two of the most unforgettable runs in team history. In the 1966 AFL championship game, he turned what looked like a loss of yardage into an improbable 18-yard touchdown run. In Super Bowl IV, it was Garrett who sprung free on Stram’s call of “65 Toss Power Trap” to give the Chiefs a 16-0 first-half lead over the Vikings.

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