Scott Ankrom

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Scott Ankrom
No. 81
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1966-01-04) January 4, 1966 (age 53)
San Antonio, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:John Jay (San Antonio, Texas)
NFL Draft:1989 / Round: 12 / Pick: 308
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:10
Receiving yards:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Scott Randall Ankrom (born January 4, 1966) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Texas Christian University.

Early years[edit]

Ankron attended John Jay High School where he was an All-American quarterback. He also excelled in track, winning several 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay competitions. His 200 metres district record lasted for 24 years until it was broken in April 2007.

In basketball, he was the starting point guard and guided his team to a district championship and a regional final. He was the starting center fielder in baseball.

College career[edit]

Ankron accepted a football scholarship to play for Texas Christian University under head coach Jim Wacker. He was recruited as an athlete, so he was initially used in different positions. In 1984, he set an NCAA record with a 99-yard touchdown pass against Rice University.[1] He also had 14 tackles and one intereception while playing on defense.

In 1985, he started the first 4 games at quarterback, but was lost for the year after tearing ligaments in his left ankle during the 0-41 loss against the University of Arkansas.[2]

In 1986, he was redshirted after suffering a muscle pull in the second game against Kansas State University. In 1987, he suffered a season-ending injury in the first game against Boston College.

In 1988, he played quarterback, wide receiver, running back and special teams. Against Bowling Green State University, he started the game by registering 106 rushing yards as a running back and switched to quarterback in the second half, completing 4 of 7 passes for 50 yards, while leading his team to 3 touchdowns.[3] He posted 112 rushing yards rushing against Baylor University. He finished the season with 639 rushing yards (second on the team), 377 passing yards (second on the team), 6 rushing touchdowns (led the team) and one passing touchdown.

Professional career[edit]

Ankrom was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 12th round (308th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft, with the intention of using him as a wide receiver and kickoff returner. On August 26, he injured his left knee while playing an exhibition game against the Denver Broncos, which became an injury that eventually would end his career. He made the team as a rookie, spending his time between the active roster and the practice squad. He was also named the emergency third-string quarterback after Troy Aikman missed games with a broken index finger.[4] He finished third on the team in special teams tackles, despite missing 6 games after undergoing arthroscopic surgery.

In 1990 he was moved to safety, but suffered a season ending left knee injury in preseason and was placed on the injured reserve list on August 26.[5] He retired after not being be able to recover from the injury.

Personal life[edit]

Ankrom currently owns a pest control business in San Antonio. He and his wife Joy Dee are the parents of two loving children, daughter Grayson and son Stayton. Grayson Ankrom is a TCU graduate who works at Jon Hart Design in San Antonio, Texas. Stayton Ankrom attends Ronald Reagan High School where he plays both football and baseball.


  1. ^ "College Football". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Ankrom Out". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Cowboys sign Ankrom". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Walsh takes over in Dallas". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Cowboys Relieved, Thrilled About First Win". Retrieved February 3, 2018.