- Gene Mingo
Infobox Pro Football player
DateOfBirth=birth date and age|1938|09|22
Running back Placekicker Kick returner
Records=Most TD passes by
a halfback, game (2)
Eugene L. Mingo (born
September 22, 1938in Akron, Ohio) is a former professional American footballplayer who played several positions including halfback, placekicker, and kickoff/ punt returner. He is widely recognized as the first African Americanplacekicker 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 Taylorin 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 rookiein 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 Raidersand the Miami Dolphins. He kicked for the Pittsburgh Steelersin 1970.
* [http://www.conigliofamily.com/Broncos.htm#GENEMINGO Mingo's 1964 Topps Football card]
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