Kansas City Chiefs: Top Ten UFA Finds In Franchise History

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Dec 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs fans show their support during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Number 10 UFA

Mack Lee Hill signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as a rookie free-agent out of Southern University, signing for only $300 upon the condition that he make the roster.

Hill not only made the team, he earned the starting job at fullback and was the second leading rusher on the team in 1964. After the season, he was named to the AFL All-Star team.

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Pretty good for a guy who signed for 300 bucks.

Mack Lee Hill moved to halfback in 1965 and was again the second leading rusher on the team. However, he failed to make the pro-bowl.

He suffered a torn ligament in his right knee against the Buffalo Bills on December 12, 1965. Mack Lee Hill tragically died on the operating table while undergoing knee surgery.

His temperature spiked to 108 degrees and he suffered an sudden embolism.

After his death, the team established the Mack Lee Hill Award given every season to the team’s best rookie. His number 36 jersey was retired by the Kansas City Chiefs and he is a member of the team’s Hall-of-Fame.

[note: bio drawn from Mack Lee Hill article on Wikipedia]


Games Rushing Receiving
Year Age Pos No. G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng YScm
1964* 24 FB 36 14 105 576 4 71 5.5 41.1 7.5 19 144 7.6 2 34 720
1965 25 HB 36 13 125 627 2 66 5.0 48.2 9.6 21 264 12.6 1 46 891
Career 27 230 1203 6 71 5.2 44.6 8.5 40 408 10.2 3 46 1611

Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/1/2015.

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