Before the reign of golden eyes’ Randall Cobb, before Stevie Got Loose and before Derek Abney broke returning records, there was Larry Seiple. One of Kentucky football’s most dynamic playmakers will be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight in Louisville.
Seiple played a little bit of everything for coach Charlie Bradshaw from 1964-66. Primarily a wide receiver, Seiple caught 72 passes for 1,422 yards during his time at UK, where he also lined up at running back, returned kickoffs and punts, and averaged just shy of 40 yards per-punt as the team’s 4th down quarterback. He became a staple of UK football folklore for one of his (botched) punts. In 1965 against Ole Miss, the Cats were backed up deep in their own territory on a 4th and 41. Instead of trying to just get the punt to the sticks, Seiple took off down the sideline for a 70-yard touchdown.
Seiple’s status as an excellent playmaker (he had 4 receptions for 70+ yards) earned him a legendary spot in the NFL. Legendary isn’t a hyperbole: Seiple won two Super Bowls during his 11 years and was a member of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins, the NFL’s last undefeated team. Don’t think the 7th round pick was just another scrub; Seiple led the Dolphins in receiving in 1969.
Seiple’s story is a great one that many have probably never heard. After this weekend, I may have a few more to tell.
Watch the the black and white footage of Seiple’s 70-yard fake punt, coupled with Cawood’s call.