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John Dutton



Rapid City (Central High School). Nebraska. The highest drafted South Dakotan in any sport, Dutton was the No. 5 pick overall, by the Baltimore Colts, in the 1974 NFL draft. He played 14 years in the NFL with Baltimore and Dallas. The 6-foot-7, 266-pound defensive end was named to NFL all-rookie team. In 1975, he led the Colts in sacks with a career-high 17 and was named to the Pro Bowl for the first of three straight years. In October of 1979 was traded to Dallas, which moved him to defensive tackle alongside Randy White. He played for Dallas through the 1987 season. Returned an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in 1981. Cowboys lost in NFC title games after '80, '81 and '82 seasons. Was all-state in basketball and football two years and was high school All-American in both sports. Led Rapid City Central to state Class A basketball title in 1969. In fact, he received more scholarship offers for basketball than for football. At Nebraska, he started two years, played in two Orange Bowls and one Cotton Bowl and was a consensus All-American in 1973. Nebraska was national champion his sophomore year. (PHOTO AT TOP IS DUTTON WITH RICH GERRY AT LEFT AND STEVE WITHORNE AT RIGHT)






























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