PULLMAN - Former Cougar great Keith Lincoln, known as the “Moose of the Palouse,” died Saturday in Pullman. He was 80.
“We are saddened to hear the news of Keith’s passing,” said WSU athletic director Pat Chun. “Keith served this university with tremendous pride, both as a student-athlete as well as his time leading our alumni association. Keith will be remembered fondly by Cougars everywhere and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Remembered as a triple-threat back, Lincoln played for WSU from 1958-60. Lincoln ran, passed and kicked for coach Jim Sutherland’s Cougars, setting a school career rushing record (1,501 yards), a single season punting average record (43.4 in 1959), and a career punting average record (40.3).
Lincoln was an All-West Coast selection at halfback in 1959, a season where he rushed for 670 yards, caught 11 passes for 182 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Lincoln was selected in the fifth round of the 1961 NFL draft by the Chicago Bears and was a second-round pick by the San Diego Chargers in the 1961 American Football League draft, who he eventually signed with.
Lincoln is a member of the Chargers, State of Washington and Inland Northwest Sports halls of fame. He was also named to the Chargers 40th Anniversary All-Time Team and WSU’s all-time Cougar team to commemorate the 100th anniversary of WSU football in 1995.
After retiring from professional football, Lincoln returned to Pullman where he served as the executive director of WSU’s alumni association for more than 25 years before retiring in 2003.