MacArthur Lane
No. 36, 42
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born:(1942-03-16)March 16, 1942
Oakland, California
Died:May 4, 2019(2019-05-04) (aged 77)
Oakland, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Oakland (CA) Fremont
College:Utah State
NFL Draft:1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards:1206-4656
Player stats at · PFR

MacArthur Lane (March 16, 1942 – May 4, 2019) was a professional football player, a running back in the National Football League for eleven seasons, from 1968 to 1978 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs.

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Lane was named after United States Army General Douglas MacArthur.[1] Lane graduated from its Fremont High School, where he was all-city in football honors.[2] He worked for several years in a machine shop, then played his first season of college football at Merritt College and transferred to Utah State University in 1965.[3] Known as "Truck" in Logan, Lane was a linebacker as a sophomore and moved to running back as a junior, and averaged 6.9 yards per carry for his final two seasons.[4]

Lane was the 13th overall selection of the 1968 NFL/AFL Draft, taken by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 1970 when he led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with eleven.[2] Despite personal statistical success with the Cardinals, Lane’s time was marred by tension with head coaches Charley Winner and later Bob Hollway as well as team owner Bill Bidwill, mostly over disagreements regarding Lane’s value.[5] After four seasons in St. Louis, Lane was traded to Green Bay in February 1972 for Donny Anderson.[6][7] Teamed in the backfield with John Brockington, the Packers won the division and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1967.[3] Under new head coach Bart Starr in 1975, Lane was traded to Kansas City in July for a future draft pick.[8][9] He played his final four seasons with the Chiefs, and during the 1976 season, Lane led the NFL in receptions with 66. He recorded 144 yards rushing on October 1, 1978 in a 13-28 loss to the Buffalo Bills at age 36 years 199 days, a record that still stands for the oldest player with 100+ yards rushing in an NFL game.[10]

Lane was inducted in the Utah State University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.[4] He died on May 4, 2019, aged 77.[11]

Upon his death, lifelong friend Raymond Chester said “Mac was one of those guys that everybody loved. He was smart as a whip, kindhearted and generous. As an athlete, he had to be one of the top ten greatest high school athletes ever in the Bay Area.”[12]


  1. ^ "MacArthur Lane scored big with 1970 NFL Cardinals". May 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Robert F. (November 16, 1970). "What a way to make a living". Sports Illustrated. p. 18.
  3. ^ a b Hendricks, Martin (May 23, 2012). "MacArthur Lane was half of tough backfield". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Utah State University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall Of Fame Announces Class Of 2008". Utah State University Athletics. April 26, 2007. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  5. ^ "MacArthur Lane scored big with 1970 NFL Cardinals". May 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Cards, Pack make swap of 2 backs". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. February 22, 1972. p. 19.
  7. ^ Lea, Bud (February 23, 1972). "Donny tells of rift with Devine". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1-part 2.
  8. ^ "Lane dealt to Chiefs". Observer-Reporter. (Washington, Pennsylvania). Associated Press. July 10, 1975. p. C6.
  9. ^ Sauerberg, George (July 10, 1975). "Lane surprised by trade". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1-part 2.
  10. ^ "100+ rushing yard games, sorted by age".
  11. ^ Smith, Michael David (May 6, 2019). "Former Pro Bowl running back MacArthur Lane dies at 77". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved May 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "Former NFL running back MacArthur Lane, an Oakland native, dies at 77". May 6, 2019.