Warren Capone

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Warren Capone
No. 59, 51
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1951-08-14) August 14, 1951 (age 63)
Place of birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school: Catholic (LA)
College: LSU
Undrafted: 1975
Career history
*Inactive and/or offseason member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games: 12
Kick Returns: 2
Interceptions: --
Fumble Recoveries: 1
Fumbles: 2
Touchdowns: 1
Stats at NFL.com
Stats at pro-football-reference.com

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 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 accepted a scholarship to play for Louisiana State University. He became a three-year starter and led the team in tackles twice.

Capone was twice named to the College Football All-America Team, making him only one of eight players in LSU football history to receive this honor twice. He was also a two-time (1972 and 1973) All-SEC selection. He played in the Sun, Bluebonnet and Orange Bowls.

In 1988, he was inducted into the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame.[1] He was named the LSU All-Century team and is considered as one of the best linebackers in school history.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Birmingham Americans (WFL)[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.[3] The team finished the regular season with a record of 15-5 and became the World Football League champions.[4]

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 defense,[5] until the WFL folded in mid-season.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On October 24, 1975, he was signed as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL, where he was a backup linebacker and played mostly on special teams. That year the Cowboys reached Super Bowl X.[6]

On August 3, 1976, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a draft choice.[7]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Capone was waived on September 5, 1976, before the start of the season.[8]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On October 26, 1976, he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent.[9] During that season, he returned a fumble for a touchdown. He was released on September 6, 1977.[10]

Personal life[edit]

In 2008, he started coaching high school football at Christian Life Academy.[11] 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.[12]