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March 26, 2007

Keeping a dream alive landed Knight in NFL


Knight’s career with the Cowboys was short-lived.

“I went to Thousand Oaks (Calif.) with the Cowboys. They had a bunch of kickers, so they had us fill out a physical form. One of the questions was, ‘have you ever been injured.’ I had a sprained ankle in college and I put that on the form,” he said. “They cut me without seeing me kick. All of a sudden my football career was over. I contacted a couple of teams but they said if I couldn’t pass the physical they didn’t want me.”

Knight’s relationship with Graham gave him another chance to kick in the NFL.

“Coach Graham had signed as the head coach of the Redskins. He said he had the best kicker in the league in Charlie Gogolac but he told me I could workout with them and that maybe some other team would see me,” Knight said. “I beat Charlie every day. I kicked longer and higher than he did but they put me on the taxi squad. I practiced with the team but I when it came Sunday, I didn’t play.”

Knight also kicked and punted for a semi-pro team in New England until Graham was fired and replaced by Lom-bardi.

“They let Otto go and hired Vince Lombardi. It was his last year as a NFL coach. He preferred me over Charlie (Gogolac) and I made the team. The rest is history.”

Knight came to Mineral Wells High School as a senior.

“My Dad retired from the Coast Guard took a job with Southern Airways as a flight instructor. I was only in Mineral Wells one year,” Knight said. “I lived all over the world but I’ve always listed Mineral Wells as my hometown. I loved playing for coach (Glen) Johnson, coach (Bill) Sweet, coach (Pat) Simmons and coach (Bill) Perrin.”

“I’m happy and pleased that the people of Mineral Wells still think enough of me to put me in the Hall of Fame, I’m excited about it,” Knight said.

Knight and his wife Debbie have been married since 1981.

Knight has four step-children, Debbie, 21, Dee Dee, 26, and Eddie, 26, and Frankie, 27, as well as a daughter, Amy, 37, and two grandchildren.

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