Knight, who had a time of 21.8 seconds in the 220-yard dash, played receiver.
“I weighed about 150 pounds but I was pretty fast. I was kind of lost on the football field because I have never played. He put me out at wide receiver on the first play of every game and had me run a fly pattern. If, I caught the ball it was fine, if I didn’t it was fine,” he said. “Other than that, I would sit on the bench. I was kind of a specialist specialist.”
“I determined that I probably wasn’t cut out for that sort of thing after my junior year, so I came back to Mineral Wells and went to work for Southern Airways. I worked there until I got drafted and went into the Army,” Knight said. “I was lucky because I was stationed in Germany. It was the only place in the world where service teams played Division I-level football. I played more football there than I did anywhere else.”
Another ironic turn kept Knight’s hopes alive.
“I ran into a guy in Germany who said he was a scout for the Dallas Cowboys and that he could get me a tryout. As it turned out, he really wasn’t a scout but it got me thinking, ‘I’m pretty good,’” Knight said. “I worked out for three or four months before I found out he was lying. When I came home to Mineral Wells, my dad told me the Cowboys were having open tryouts at a kicking caravan. I tried out as a soccer style kicker and they signed me.”
“I was working out behind the football stadium in Mineral Wells and I ran into a kid who had a square-toed shoe for straight-on kicking. I can’t remember what his name is,” he said. “The shoe was surprisingly comfortable, so I switched my kicking style and became a straight-on kicker.”