Gene Mingo

Gene Mingo

Infobox Pro Football player

DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1938|09|22
Birthplace=Akron, OH
Position=Running back
Kick returner
Records=Most TD passes by
a halfback, game (2)
Retired #s=
Career Highlights=Y
1964, 1965
1966, 1967
teams=AFL Denver Broncos
AFL Oakland Raiders
AFL Miami Dolphins
NFL Washington Redskins
NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
AFLAll-Star=1960, 1962

Eugene L. Mingo (born September 22, 1938 in Akron, Ohio) is a former professional American football player who played several positions including halfback, placekicker, and kickoff/punt returner. He is widely recognized as the first African American placekicker in American Football.

In 1960, he had the first punt return for a touchdown in the American Football League, for the Denver Broncos. That touchdown won the first-ever American Football League game, as the Broncos defeated the Boston Patriots. Mingo also scored the first points in Mile High Stadium, then called Bears Stadium, with an 18-yard field goal. In the 1961 season opener at War Memorial Stadium against the Buffalo Bills, Mingo threw two touchdown passes, from the halfback position, to help the Broncos win 22-10: a 50-yarder to Lionel Taylor in the first quarter, and a 52-yarder to Taylor in the third. Mingo kicked the PATs after each score. He led the American Football League in scoring as a rookie in 1960 with 123 points and in 1962 with 137 points. Gene Mingo holds the Broncos' franchise record for the longest touchdown run, an 82-yarder against the Raiders in 1961. He also played for the AFL's Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins. He kicked for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970.

See also

* Other American Football League players

External links

* [ Mingo's 1964 Topps Football card]

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