Bert Coan
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1940-07-02) July 2, 1940 (age 80)
Career information
College: Texas Christian
NFL Draft: 1962 / Round: 7 / Pick: 85
(By the Washington Redskins)
AFL Draft: 1962 / Round: 14 / Pick: 105
(By the Oakland Raiders)
Debuted in 1962 for the [[{{{debutteam}}}]]
Last played in 1968 for the [[{{{finalteam}}}]]
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Rushing att-yards     285-1,259
Receptions-yards     39-367
Touchdowns     19
Stats at

Elroy Bert Coan III (born July 2, 1940 in Timpson, Texas)[1] is a former American football player. He is most notable because of his extraordinary speed (9.4 in the 100-yard dash) and size (6'4", 215 lbs) and because he was the central figure in a dispute over the 1960 college football game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the University of Missouri Tigers, the second-longest-running rivalry in college football (known as the "Border War"). Coan played for Kansas - and helped the Jayhawks win the 1960 game by a score of 23-7 over Missouri, then-ranked #1. But later, the NCAA declared Coan ineligible, due to a recruiting violation by Bud Adams while Coan was still at Texas Christian University (TCU)[2] and the game was forfeited. Missouri (and the NCAA) considers the 1960 game a victory for Missouri, while Kansas argues otherwise. Ever since, the two universities have disputed the overall win-loss record in the long-running series.[3]

Coan went on to play in 72 games in seven seasons in the American Football League; the first season with the San Diego Chargers, and the rest with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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