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Keith Lincoln, former Chargers and AFL great, dies at 80

Keith Lincoln, a former Chargers fullback of rare versatility who was named most outstanding player of the 1963 team’s American Football League championship victory, which stands as San Diego’s lone title in a major team sport, died Saturday in Pullman, Wash. He was 80.

Lincoln, fast, fluid and strong, amassed an AFL-record 329 yards from scrimmage in the 51-10 championship win over the Boston Patriots on Jan. 5, 1964 in San Diego.

“It was just an amazing performance; I still remember it,” Chargers Hall of Fame tackle Ron Mix said by phone Saturday.

A crowd of 30,127 at Balboa Stadium saw Lincoln break off runs of 56 and 67 yards in the first quarter to help San Diego claim a 14-0 lead.