Don Calhoun - 2009 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony





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Published on Nov 11, 2009

Don Calhoun enshrined into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame during the 2009 Induction ceremony. Presenting keynote speaker is Gary Bender, 2008 KSHOF inductee.

Donald Clevester Calhoun was one of the best running backs in Kansas State football history. Calhoun attended Wichita North High School and helped the Redskins to a berth in the 1969 state championship game and was a consensus all-state selection for North High. He spent nine seasons in the National Football League seven with the New England Patriots and two with the Buffalo Bills and never missed a game due to injury. He also played for the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League in 1984 before retiring after the season. Calhouns best year was in 1980 with the Patriots when he rushed for 787 yards and scored nine touchdowns from his fullback position. During his NFL career, Calhoun ran the ball 860 times for 3,559 yards and scored 23 touchdowns plus caught 86 passes for two more scores. During the 1976 season, his 5.6-yards per carry was the best in the NFL. He helped lead the Patriots into the playoffs when he came off the bench to replace an injured starter and rushed for over 100 yards in four consecutive games. Ironically, he caught the Patriots' longest reception of the 1975 season (62 yards) from former Kansas State teammate and fellow Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee Steve Grogan against the Bills. While at Kansas State, Calhoun led the Wildcats in rushing during his junior season in 1973 and finished his career ranked No. 4 on the all-time K-State rushing chart. He was drafted in the 10th round of the 1974 NFL Draft by Buffalo. Born: April 19, 1952 Sumner, Oklahoma. Graduated Wichita North H.S., 1970; Kansas State University, 1974.

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