Mike Livingston

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Mike Livingston
No. 10
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-11-14) November 14, 1945
Place of birth: Dallas, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Southern Methodist
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards: 11,295
Pass attempts: 1,751
TDINT: 56–83
Pass completions: 912
Games played: 91
Games started: 75
Player stats at NFL.com

Mike Livingston (born November 14, 1945) is a former American football player, a quarterback in the American Football League and National Football League for twelve seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Early years

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Livingston graduated from its South Oak Cliff High School in 1964,[1] and played college football at Southern Methodist University in Dallas under head coach Hayden Fry, where he broke most of Don Meredith's passing records.[2]

Playing career

Livingston was a second round selection in the 1968 NFL/AFL draft, 48th overall, by the Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL.

During the Chiefs' world championship season in 1969, starter Len Dawson and backup Jacky Lee went down with injuries,[2][3][4][5] and Livingston started six games, threw for 1,123 yards, was 84 of 161, with four touchdowns. The Chiefs won all six games and later went on to win Super Bowl IV, with Dawson back at the helm.

He made 75 starts for the Chiefs, splitting time in the mid-1970s with Dawson,[6] who retired in May 1976. The Chiefs' only head coach, Hank Stram, was fired after a 5–9 record in 1974. Under three head coaches, Livingston was the starter from 1975 until 1979, when he was pulled by Marv Levy in favor of rookie Steve Fuller,[7] but made several starts.[8][9]

Livingston was on the roster of the Minnesota Vikings in 1980,[10] but saw no regular season action behind Tommy Kramer and Steve Dils. At age 37, he played in the United States Football League (USFL) in 1983 with the Oakland Invaders as a backup to Fred Besana under head coach John Ralston,[11][12] then was waived in February 1984.[13]

See also


  1. "My High School: South Oak Cliff," The Dallas Morning News sports section online.
  2. 1 2 Moran, Sheila (October 6, 1969). "Livingston rescues Chiefs". Evening News. Newburgh, New York. Associated Press. p. 13B.
  3. "Livingston sparks Chiefs, 26-13". Lawrence Journal-World. Kansas. Associated Press. October 6, 1969. p. 13.
  4. Moore, Bob (June 25, 2015). "Chapter Three: Is Mike Livingston a franchise QB?". Kansas City Chiefs. (club history). Retrieved March 3, 2016.
  5. Rank, Adam (2013-03-18). "Greatest Cinderella stories in NFL history". National Football League. Retrieved 2013-03-25.
  6. Stellino, Vito (November 14, 1975). "Livingston: a switch from Indian to Chief". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14.
  7. Gosselin, Rick (September 13, 1979). "Mike Livingston a class individual". Beaver County Times. Pennsylvania. UPI. p. C4.
  8. "Livingston to start for Chiefs Sunday". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. Associated Press. October 17, 1979. p. C1.
  9. Timms, Leslie (November 1, 1979). "Fuller happy to be starter". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. p. C1.
  10. "Livingston vs. ex-teammates". Spartanburg Herald. South Carolina. Associated Press. August 18, 1980. p. B1.
  11. "Feds upset stars in finale". Reading Eagle. Pennsylvania. news services. July 4, 1983. p. 22.
  12. "Ralston says Michigan much improved". Lodi News-Sentinel. California. UPI. July 8, 1983. p. 13.
  13. "Wranglers sign while other teams cut". Ocala Star-Banner. Florida. Associated Press. February 21, 1984. p. 8C.
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