Scott Appleton

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Scott Appleton
No. 70
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-02-20)February 20, 1942
Place of birth: Brady, Texas
Date of death: March 5, 1992(1992-03-05) (aged 50)
Place of death: Brady, Texas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
(By the Dallas Cowboys)
AFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1964
Last played in 1968
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played-started70-28
Interceptions2
Fumble recoveries3
Stats at NFL.com
 
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Scott Appleton
No. 70
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1942-02-20)February 20, 1942
Place of birth: Brady, Texas
Date of death: March 5, 1992(1992-03-05) (aged 50)
Place of death: Brady, Texas
Career information
College: Texas
NFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
(By the Dallas Cowboys)
AFL Draft: 1964 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Debuted in 1964
Last played in 1968
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played-started70-28
Interceptions2
Fumble recoveries3
Stats at NFL.com

Gordon Scott Appleton (February 20, 1942 - March 2, 1992) was an American football defensive lineman in the American Football League. He played college football at the University of Texas, which won the national championship in 1963. Appleton was a consensus 1963 All-American who won the Outland Trophy that year as well.

Early years[edit]

Born: Gordon Scott Appleton February 20, 1942, in McCulloch County, Texas to Gordon Frederick Appleton and Alberda Methelda Leifeste, he was the older brother of Tresha Appleton. Appleton had a remarkable college career at the University of Texas. He was a three year starter and a tri-captain for the football team. He received All-SWC honors in 1962 and 1963. As a senior he helped Texas win its first National Championship, while being named All-American, the scool's first Outland Trophy winner and finishing fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

Professional career[edit]

Houston Oilers[edit]

The Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the first round of the 1964 NFL Draft, but traded his rights to the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for Buddy Dial, who was one of the best wide receivers in the NFL at the time. Although the Steelers thought they had him convinced,[1] he ended up siging with the Houston Oilers of the AFL, who had also drafted him in the first round.[2] The shenanigans both teams used in the attempt to sign Appleton was one of Myron Cope's favorite stories and it became known as the "Buddy Dial for Nothing" trade.[3]

Appleton career with the Oilers was a disappointment, playing from 1964 through 1966. He started battling alcoholism and drug addictions, before being traded along with linebacker Johnny Baker to the San Diego Chargers, in exchange for cornerback Miller Farr.[4]

San Diego Chargers[edit]

He played for the San Diego Chargers in 1967 and 1968.

Portland Storm (WFL)[edit]

In 1974 he signed with the Portland Storm of the WFL.[5]

Personal life[edit]

After his career in football ended, he became a manager of a Dairy Queen in Westfield, TX (20 miles north of Houston). Appleton declined going through a heart transplant operation and eventually died of heart failure in 1992, at the age of 50 years old. Scott is survived by his mother Alberda,of Brady Texas, sister Tresha & daughter Taunya. [6]

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