Former Washington State, San Diego Chargers great Keith Lincoln dies at age 80

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Keith Lincoln, a powerful, versatile fullback for Washington State in the late 1950s and early ’60s who later went on to a storied professional football career with the San Diego Chargers, died Saturday in Pullman at the age of 80.

A multifaceted athlete for the Cougars, Lincoln, nicknamed the “Moose of the Palouse,” had spells at quarterback, running back and punter.

A 1979 WSU Hall of Fame inductee, Lincoln returned to the Palouse following his nine-year career in the American Football League and had two assistant coaching stints, at Idaho in 1970 and WSU in 1971 under Jim Sweeney, before taking on an administrative role at his alma mater as the school’s director of alumni relations.

To San Diegans, Lincoln always will be known as a member of the only professional sports team to bring a championship to the city, and he was the most outstanding player of the 1963 AFL Championship Game, which the Chargers won in a 51-10 rout.

Lincoln rolled up a record 329 yards from scrimmage and accounted for two touchdowns against the Boston Patriots.

He was a five-time AFL All-Star and finished with 4,387 yards and 29 total touchdowns for the Chargers.

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