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October 25, 2005
Contact: Melva Landrum, Homecoming Steering Committee, (785) 550-3691.

Chiefs Hall of Famer Curtis McClinton named KU homecoming grand marshal

LAWRENCE -- Former University of Kansas standout running back and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Curtis McClinton has been named the grand marshal of KU's 2005 Homecoming Parade on Saturday, Oct.29, the Homecoming Steering Committee has announced.

"He is a great role model for the community," said Adam Sechrist, Overland Park senior and co-director for the 2005 Homecoming Steering Committee.

McClinton, 66, was an All-American running back for KU from 1959 to 1961and was inducted into the KU Football Hall of Fame last year. He also was a three-time high hurdle champion in track. He was the American Football League Rookie of the Year in 1962 for the Dallas Texans, which moved the next year and became the Kansas City Chiefs. He then played for the Chiefs, finishing his career at Super Bowl VI in January 1970. The Wichita native was a member of both Chiefs Super Bowl teams and all three AFL title clubs. He was invited to the AFL All-Star game three times.

After his football career, McClinton earned a master's from Central Michigan University, a doctorate from Miles College in Birmingham, Ala., and completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He later worked for Amtrak, the Department of Commerce and was deputy mayor of Washington, D.C. He later worked in development and investment banking around the world, returning to Kansas City in 1992.

McClinton was the founding president of the Black Economic Union of Greater Kansas City, which helped revitalize the 18th and Vine district. He presently operates the Curtis McClinton Keys League, an urban football program that combines teaching of football skills with promoting education, leadership and entrepreneurship. About 800 children are in the league now.

The KU Homecoming Parade takes place before the football game, giving student organizations, high school bands and other groups an opportunity to showcase their floats and banners on the walk from 12th Street and Oread Avenue to the Chi Omega fountain at the end of Jayhawk Boulevard.

This year, the parade will feature Kansas City's Marching Cobras, a vibrant and dynamic drill team known for its exciting performance. The Cobras also performed at Late Night in the Phog at Allen Fieldhouse earlier this month.
The parade will start at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.homecoming.ku.edu.

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