#120CowboyTough, 30 Days to Kickoff: NFL Talent In Abundance

Aug. 2, 2013


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NFL Talent In Abundance

Wins came at a premium in the 1970s for the Wyoming Cowboys. In spite of that, there were top-level players donning the Brown and Gold. In the 10-year span between 1970-79, 14 Pokes were selected in the NFL Draft.

Notables among those on the list included the 1976 draft, in which two players went in the first round, Lawrence Gaines and Aaron Kyle. Three Wyoming natives were on the list, including Nick Bebout (Shoshone) and Scott Freeman (Laramie) and Jerry Gadlin of Cheyenne, each of whom were drafted in 1973. Conrad Dobler, who was drafted in 1972 and played in the NFL from 1972-81, earned the reputation as the NFL's dirtiest player for his gritty, hard-nosed style.

Year: Player, Round, Team
1970: Vic Washington, Fourth round, San Francisco 49ers
Larry Nels, 12th round, New York Giants
Joe Williams, 12th round, Dallas Cowboys
1971: Bob Jacobs, Seventh round, Cleveland Browns
1972: Conrad Dobler, Fifth round, St. Louis Cardinals
1973: Nick Bebout, Sixth round, Atlanta Falcons
Scott Freeman, 11th round, Detroit Lions
Jerry Gadlin, 16th round, Oakland Raiders
1975: Archie Gray, 10th round, Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike McGraw, 10th round, St. Louis Cardinals
1976: Lawrence Gaines, First round, Detroit Lions
Aaron Kyle, First round, Dallas Cowboys
1978: Francis Chesley, Sixth round, New Orleans Saints
1979: Ken Fantetti, Second round, Detroit Lions

About the #120CowboyTough Countdown

The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, we will be counting down some of the great memories and moments from Wyoming football history over the next eight weeks leading up to the Cowboys' season opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31.

The 2013 "Countdown to Kickoff" will take Wyoming fans through Cowboy Football history chronologically. The first week will highlight some of the memorable moments from the period from the first season in 1893 through the 1940s. Then each successive week, the countdown will recall great moments from the 1950s, `60s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2000s and the current decade.

Our countdown will only touch on some of the greatest moments, but we encourage you, the Wyoming fans, to share your favorite memories through the official University of Wyoming Athletics Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys). Fans are encouraged to use #120CowboyTough when sharing their memories.

Enjoy the countdown, and we look forward to seeing you in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus the Idaho Vandals.