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Welch , Claxton
Claxton Welch was born July 3, 1947 and attended David Doughlas High School in Portland, Oregon where he was a multi-sport standout earning All-State honors in football and basketball while also lettering in track as a sprinter. During the 1965 State basketball tournament he was selected second team All-Tournament. From 1966-68 he was a starting halfback for the University of Oregon, and led the team in rushing for two years. In 1967 he had 130 carries for 474 yards and 3 touchdowns for 18 points which also led the team in scoring, and the following year he once again led the team in rushing with 141 carries for 505 yards. After a strong college career he was chosen in the 1969 National Football League draft by the Dallas Cowboys in the 9th round. Welch played halfback for the Cowboys from 1969 to 1970, and he played for Cowboys in the 1971 Super Bowl winning a ring in the Cowboys' Super Bowl VI victory over Miami. During his final season with the Cowboys he had 4 kick returns for 105 yards (26.3 yds per return), and had 14 rushes for 51 yds (3.6 yds per carry) and 1 touchdown, and played special teams. During his career in Dallas he averaged 24 yards per kick return. Welch spent part of the 1970 season with the New Orleans Saints and the Dallas Cowboys. Injuries cut his career short, and he played his last NFL season with the New England Patriots in 1973. Over his NFL career he had a total of 26 carries for 83 yards and 7 receptions for 21 yards.