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March 26, 2007

Keeping a dream alive landed Knight in NFL

By Craig Holamon

sports@mineralwellsindex.com

Curt Knight knows dreams can come true if you can keep them alive long enough.

The 1962 MWHS graduate saw a dream come to life when he became a place kicker for the Washington Redskins.

Knight kicked 101 field goals for the Redskins and is the team’s fifth all-time leading scorer with 475 points.

Knight kicked an extra point in a 14-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl VII in 1973 and played in the Pro Bowl in 1971.

He kicked 29 field goals and led the NFC in scoring with 114 points in 1971 and played for legendary Redskins coaches George Allen, Otto Graham and Vince Lombardi.

“It was an up-and-down thing, I had my moments,” he said. “I played in the NFL. I went to all of the different cities and played in a Super Bowl.”

His path to the NFL was along a winding road that saw him drift in and out of the game.

After Knight graduated from MWHS, he spent his freshman year at North Texas and then transferred to the Coast Guard Academy.

“I didn’t play at North Texas. Otto Graham was the head football coach and athletic director at the Coast Guard Academy. I was interested in going out for the football team and I had some interest in playing soccer,” Knight said. “Coach Graham took one look at me and said, ‘you’re gonna love our new soccer coach.’”

Knight kept the dream alive in his mind.

“I had something nagging at me in the back of my mind. I wanted to leave the door open. I played soccer and was on the all-New England team but I still wanted to try my hand at football,” he said. “I went out for the football team as a junior. They already had a kicker but Coach Graham let me kick long field goals. He let the other guy kick the extra points and short field goals.”

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