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Born in Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameCarlton Chester Gilchrist
Nickname Cookie
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Carlton "Cookie" Gilchrist was the first great power runningback in the fledgling American Football League (AFL) during the 1960s. Thanks to Gilchrist, the AFL gained a lot of credibility as the powerful 6-3, 250-lbs. fullback ran through would-be tacklers during a remarkable three-year run that saw him rival the National Football League's (NFL) Jim Brown. Gilchrist came from Breckinridge, Pa., but did not play high school football in his senior year, instead opting to go to prep school and then to sign a professional football contract in Canada. He played for several teams in Canada as a linebacker, but off-the-field problems overshadowed his on-field performance and he was soon blackballed in Canada. His reputation preceded him in the NFL, where no team signed him, but in the AFL he found a home with the Buffalo Bills, where he led the league in rushing in 1962. He was a member of the Bills' 1964 AFL championship squad and and also led the league in rushing again that season, but personal feuds with Bills management, namely coach Lou Saban, saw him packing his bags and getting traded to Denver. Although he was an All-AFL performer, his flame quickly burned out and he finished his career in the late 60s with Miami. He then starred (with fellow AFL player Earl Faison) in a few episodes of the Beverly Hillbillies. He was a true legend of the AFL.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson

Trivia (8)

Attended Breckinridge (Pa.) Har-Breck High School, but did not graduate as he signed a professional football contract in Canada instead.
Became the AFL's first 1,000-yard rusher when he led the league with 1,096 yards in 1962. Also led the AFL in rushing with 981 yards in 1965.
Professional football player with the Canadian Football League's (CFL) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1957), Saskatchewan Roughriders (1958), and Toronto Argonauts (1959-1961); and American Football League's (AFL) Buffalo Bills (1962-1964), Denver Broncos (1965, 1967), and Miami Dolphins (1966).
Set an AFL rushing record for a game with 243 yards against the New York Jets on Dec. 8, 1963.
Was a member of the Buffalo Bills 1964 AFL Championship team.
Was named All-Pro AFL three times in 1962, 1964 & 1965.
Ranks 73rd on NFL All-Time Rushing Average List (4.25).
Declined induction into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, citing racism and exploitation by team management.

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