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Family of Chuck Hurston presents golden football to Jordan

David Mitchell

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com

The family of the lane Chuck Hurston, who played football for Jordan and the Kansas City Chiefs, poses with the golden 50th anniversary football that was presented to Jordan.
The family of the lane Chuck Hurston, who played football for Jordan and the Kansas City Chiefs, poses with the golden 50th anniversary football that was presented to Jordan. dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com

Johnny Hurston, brother of the late Chuck Hurston, presented Jordan High with a golden 50th anniversary football from the NFL on Friday to commemorate Chuck’s participation in two Super Bowls during his football career.

Chuck played for the Kansas City Chiefs when they lost in the very first Super Bowl to the Green Bay Packers and returned three years later when the Chiefs defeated the Minnesota Vikings.

Chuck, who died of cancer last November at 72 years old, was one of only two Bi-City players to have won a Super Bowl. The other, Otis Sistrunk, presented a similar golden football to Spencer earlier this year. Sistrunk played for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XI when they defeated the Vikings.

Johnny Hurston spoke of his brother’s love of football and, more importantly, his love of Jordan.

“When I’d ask him about everything he was doing and how he’d handle it and all that, he’d always say that nothing was ever as hard as Jordan football,” Johnny said.

Chuck played for years at Auburn after graduating from Jordan, where Johnny said he met some of his best friends and teammates.

“He formed a bond that would last a lifetime,” Johnny said.

He was a three-year letterman at Auburn (1962-64), playing on both side of the ball as an offensive tackle and defensive end. After college, he was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1965 and was eventually traded to Kansas City. There, he played in two of the league’s first four Super Bowls.

Chuck played in Kansas City until 1970 and then finished his career in 1971 with the Bills. He played 93 games in the NFL. After leaving the NFL, he went to work with the Haggar Company, working for 36 years before retiring as vice president of sales.

“None of what Chuck accomplished would have happened if he didn’t have a Jordan degree,” Johnny told the gathered student-athletes in the school’s auditorium. “He was a good player, a good athlete, a smart player. He loved his teammates, and he loved Jordan.”

In addition to Johnny, Chuck’s wife Thomasina, sister DeLaney Hurston-Johnson, sister Esther and sister-in-law June were all present at the ceremony.

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