Don Calhoun

  • One of K-State’s All-time leading rushers
  • Played nine NFL seasons
Don Calhoun
Inducted 2009

Born: April 19, 1952 – Sumner, Oklahoma

Graduated: Wichita North H.S., 1970; Kansas State University, 1974.


Donald Calhoun was one of the best running backs in Kansas State football history. Calhoun attended Wichita North High School and helped the Redskins to a berth in the 1969 state championship game and was a consensus all-state selection for North High.

College Career

While at Kansas State, Calhoun led the Wildcats in rushing during his junior season in 1973 and finished his career ranked No. 4 on the all-time K-State rushing chart.

NFL Highlights

Calhoun was drafted in the 10th round of the 1974 NFL Draft by Buffalo and spent nine seasons in the National Football League – seven with the New England Patriots and two with the Buffalo Bills – and never missed a game due to injury.  Calhoun led NFL in yards per carry (5.6) in 1976 but his best year was in 1980 with the Patriots when he rushed for 787 yards and scored nine touchdowns from his fullback position. During his NFL career, Calhoun ran the ball 860 times for 3,559 yards and scored 23 touchdowns plus caught 86 passes for two more scores.  He helped lead the Patriots into the playoffs when he came off the bench to replace an injured starter and rushed for over 100 yards in four consecutive games.  Ironically, he caught the Patriots' longest reception of the 1975 season (62 yards) from former Kansas State teammate and fellow Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee Steve Grogan against the Bills.  He also played for the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League in 1984 before retiring after the season.

Click here to see Don's Kansas Sports Hall of Fame induction speech