Former Chiefs running back Mike Garrett never tires of returning to Kansas City.
Garrett, best known for scoring a pivotal touchdown on a 5-yard run better known as 65 Toss Power Trap in the Chiefs’ 23-7 win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV, is spending this week at the Independence Events Center in his role as athletic director at Langston (Okla.) University.
The Lions won their first-round game on Wednesday, beating Pikeville (Ky.) University 80-71. They will meet Great Falls (Mont.) at 9 a.m. Friday.
“Kansas City is always a special place for me,” said Garrett, who started his career with the Chiefs in 1966 and then was traded during the 1970 season to San Diego, where he played until 1973. “I have fond memories of Municipal Stadium and also playing in Arrowhead … those guys I played with .. .Curley Culp and Bobby Bell and Buck Buchanan … that was a pretty special time.
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“My wife, Suzanne, was born and raised here. I met her when I played in Kansas City, and the place has really grown. It’s better than it ever was.”
Garrett, 70, served as athletic director at his alma mater, the University of Southern California during 1993-2010 before taking over at Langston, a historic black institution, in 2013. The Langston football team beat Lincoln University 49-48 at Arrowhead Stadium last season.
“I came to Langston to give them three years of hard work, and I’ve been doing that, and the program is improving and I’m happy with that,” Garrett said.