Warren Capone

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Warren Capone (born August 14, 1951) is a former professional American football linebacker in the World Football League and National Football League. He played college football at Louisiana State University. Capone attended, and graduated from high school at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Early years[edit]

Capone played football at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from 1966 to 1970. Also an accomplished wrestler, he was the heavyweight wrestling champion in the 1970 Baton Rouge City Championships.

College career[edit]

He signed with Louisiana State University to play college football.

Capone was named to the 1972 College Football All-America Team and the 1973 College Football All-America Team. Only 8 players in LSU history have been named two time All America. He was also a two-time (1972 and 1973) All-SEC selection. Played in the Sun, Bluebonnet and Orange Bowls during his years as a starting linebacker.

In 1988 he was inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He is considered as one of the best linebackers in Louisiana State University history.

Professional career[edit]

World Football League[edit]

Although he was a great college player, he went undrafted in the 1974 NFL Draft because he was considered too small to play professional football.

Instead of sigining a rookie free agent contract for a team in the National Football League, he decided to sign with the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League. As a rookie in 1974, Capone became the Americans starting middle linebacker, where he was known for his hard-hitting.

The Americans finished the 1974 regular season at 15-5 and became the World Football League champions.

The next year, the Americans were replaced as the Birmingham WFL franchise by a new team called the Birmingham Vulcans. He was the leader of the 1975 Vulcans defense, that led the WFL in scoring defense, until the WFL folded in mid-season.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

As a free agent, Capone signed in 1975 with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, where he was a backup linebacker. That year the Cowboys reached Super Bowl X.

New Orleans Saints[edit]

In 1976 he signed with the New Orleans Saints after he was cut by the Cowboys. During that season, he returned a fumble for a touchdown. He was cut by the Saints after the seven game of the 1976 season.

Life after football[edit]

After professional football, he went into the business sector.

In 2008 he started coaching high school football at Christian Life Academy.

In his third season, Capone was named coach of the year, after guiding Christian Life Academy to a state Class 1A second place finish and a 12-2 record, just two years after the Crusaders finished 0-9. Util 2010, when he was let go.

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