Earl McCullouch

Earl McCullouch
Earl McCullouch c. 1968
No. 25
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1946-01-10) January 10, 1946
Clarksville, Texas
Career information
High school: Long Beach Polytechnic
(Long Beach, California)
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 124
Receiving yards: 2,319
Touchdowns: 19
Player stats at NFL.com
Earl McCullouch
Medal record
Men's track and field
Representing the  United States
Pan American Games
1967 Winnipeg 110 m hurdles
1967 Winnipeg 4×100 m relay

Earl R. McCullouch (born January 10, 1946) is a retired American football wide receiver. McCullouch was the world record holder for the 110 meter men's high hurdle sprint from July 1967 to July 1969. When attending the University of Southern California, McCullouch was a member of the USC Trojan Football teams (wide receiver) and the USC Track & Field teams (120 yard high hurdles and 4×110 sprint relay) in 1967 and 1968. The USC Track 4×110 yard relay team, for which McCullouch ran the start leg, set the world record in 1967 that remains today, as the metric 4 × 100 m relay is now the commonly contested event.

High school career

McCullouch attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School. He tied the national high school record (also held by Don Castronovo from Oceanside High School in Oceanside, New York, and Steve Caminiti from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California) in the 180 yard low hurdles at 18.1. The record was never broken and the event was discontinued in regular high school competition in 1974.[1] He swept both the 120 yard high hurdles and the 180 low hurdles at the CIF California State Meet in 1964 (defeating Caminiti).[2]

In 1964 McCullouch was named Co-Athlete of the Year in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section by the Helms Athletic Foundation.[3] He earned the award in conjunction with pole vaulter Paul Wilson.[3]

College career

Next he attended community college and played football at Long Beach City College, before transferring to the University of Southern California.

McCullouch played college football at the University of Southern California, where he was part of the 1967 National Championship team. He was one of five USC Trojans players taken in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft after his senior year. McCullouch was known for having elite sprinter speed and used it on both the track and the football field. Wearing No. 22 during the 1967 and 1968 seasons, McCulloch played wide receiver on an offensive USC Trojan Football squad that featured tailback O. J. Simpson. Defensive coverages had difficulty covering McCullouch in pass routes and chasing him after pass completions due to his sprinter's speed. McCullouch also provided down-field blocking on break-away plays, often for 1968 Heisman Trophy winner Simpson.

As a member of the USC Track & Field team, McCulloch was the NCAA 110 Yard High Hurdle champion in 1967 and 1968, the NCAA 55 yard indoor high hurdle champion in 1968, and was the lead leg sprinter of the USC NCAA 4 X 110 yard sprint relay team in 1967 and 1968 (the team also featured Simpson and future Olympian sprinter Lennox Miller). The USC Trojan sprint relay team (McCulloch, Fred Kuller, Simpson, and Lennox Miller – in order) set a 4 X 110 yard sprint relay world record (38.6 sec.) in the 1967 NCAA Track & Field Championships in Provo, Utah on June 17, 1967. In the era of metric-distance sprint world records, this world record still stands today and is likely not to be broken.

McCullough was on the cover of the April 1968 issue of Track and Field News.[4]

Professional career

McCullouch played for the National Football League's Detroit Lions and the New Orleans Saints between 1968 and 1974. He was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1968.


  1. National High School Record Book. nfhs.org
  2. "California State Meet Results – 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  3. 1 2 Southern California High School Track & Field Record, 1965 Season (PDF), Helms Athletic Foundation, 1965, retrieved March 24, 2013
  4. Past Covers 1968. Trackandfieldnews.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2015.

Preceded by
Martin Lauer
Men's 110m Hurdles World Record Holder
July 16, 1967 — July 4, 1969
Succeeded by
Willie Davenport
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Willie Davenport
Men's 110m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Willie Davenport
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