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 65)
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
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 12
Fumble recoveries: 1
Defensive touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Warren Capone (born August 14, 1951) is a former professional American football linebacker in the World Football League (WFL) and National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University.

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 is one of only eight players in LSU football history to be named to the College Football All-America Team twice. He was also a two-time All-SEC selection (1972 and 1973). 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 to 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 small to play professional football. Instead of sigining a rookie free agent contract for a team in the National Football League, he opted 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 he played in Super Bowl X and blocked a punt in the game.[6]

On August 3, 1976, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a conditional draft choice (not exercised).[7]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

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

New Orleans Saints[edit]

On October 26, 1976, he signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent.[9] He returned a fumble for a touchdown during the season. 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]

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