CHARLES FREDERICK HURSTON |NOV. 9, 1942-Nov. 3, 2015
Columbus native Chuck Hurston is one of only two men from the Bi-City area to have won a Super Bowl ring. Hurston was a member of the victorious Kansas City Chiefs, who beat Minnesota 23-7 in Super Bowl IV.
Hurston, 72, died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
Hurston, who was born in Columbus on Nov. 9, 1942, played at Jordan High. He was a member of the first class inducted into Jordan High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
He went to be a three-year letterman at Auburn (1962-64). He played on both sides of the ball as an offensive tackle and defensive end. In 1963, the Tigers finished 9-2 and beat Alabama, but then lost to Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
"1963 was the last year players played on both sides of the ball, so I played most of my career at Auburn playing offense and defense," Hurston told John Dooley for a story in the Auburn football media guide.
"The reason for our success that year was that we had really good players. There were two All-Americans, Tucker Frederickson and Jimmy Sidle, and 10 players who were in NFL camps in 1964 and 1965."
Hurston was one of those in 1965 after he was drafted by Buffalo in the American Football League draft and Green Bay in the National Football League draft,
The defensive end started his career in the AFL with the Chiefs in 1965. He played for them for six seasons. The Chiefs won the AFL championship in 1966 and played Green Bay in what was called the AFL-NFL World Championship. Later after the game was played, it was renamed Super Bowl I.
Three years later, the Chiefs made it to Super Bowl IV, which was played in New Orleans.
"The Super Bowl IV team was full of great players," Hurston told Dooley. "There were eight players from that team that are in the pro football hall of fame along with coach Hank Stram and owner Lamar Hunt."
The next season, the 1970 campaign, was his last with the Chiefs. He played in 1971 with Buffalo. It was his final season. He played in 93 games in the NFL.
After leaving the NFL, he went to work with the Haggar Company. He worked there for 36 years before retiring as vice president of sales.