Former Wildcat greats glad to be back

K-State Sports Communications

K-State head football coach Bill Snyder greets honorary captains Clarence Scott and Larry Brown before the Spring Game at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas on April 25. (Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics)

Before K-State football played its annual Purple/White Spring Game in Kansas City's Sporting Park on April 25, two former Wildcats stood on the sidelines reminiscing.

Forner K-State fullback Larry Brown (1967-68) and defensive back Clarence Scott (1968-70) were this year's Spring Game honorary captains, and they showed up early to the game. It had been a while since the two last saw each other, so they wanted to cherish every moment.

For Scott, it had been 12 years since he was last in Kansas. He visited in 2003 when he was inducted in to the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame. However, for Brown, it'd had been a bit longer.

"Let me tell you, I'm ecstatic, I'm so glad to be here," Brown said. "I haven't been out here since 1969, and the enormous changes that have taken place here are for the good. I'm enjoying it."

Before the game, applause from the sold-out crowd of 17,080 filled the stadium as Scott and Brown were introduced to the floods of purple clad fans, and as honorary captains, the duo had the opportunity to meet the Wildcats' 2015 captains - Dante Barnett, Cody Whitehair, Morgan Burns, Travis Britz and Stanton Weber - for the coin toss.

"It was tremendous, a wonderful feeling," Scott said. "It's an honor to be recognized with these good people. You can't beat the feeling of appreciation that I have for being recognized out there."

Scott came to K-State in 1967 from Decatur, Georgia, and worked his way to becoming a key contender on the Wildcats' defense. A dynamic defensive back, by his senior season (1970) he was named one of the Wildcats' four team captains and became K-State's first All-American in 17 years as well as being a First Team All-Big Eight honoree.

Following his Wildcat career, Scott was drafted 14th overall in the 1971 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns - his favorite team growing up - and played 13 seasons in the NFL helping the Browns to four playoff appearances.

"I have great memories from Kansas State," Scott said. "It was part of my development, part of the process that took me on to the NFL. K-State was part of my story... So, it's great to come back and great to come back with Larry. He and I played together for two years so we know each other well. To come back with him - he went on to be an NFL MVP, he's a very worthy guy - it's been special."

Brown, a fullback for the Wildcats from 1967-68, came to K-State after spending two seasons at Dodge City Community College. A native of Clairton, Pennsylvania, Brown served mainly as a blocking back in his first season before gaining more carries as a senior. Following his Wildcat career Brown went on to play eight seasons for the Washington Redskins where, as a running back, led the NFL in rushing yards in 1970 and was named the NFL's MVP in 1972.

"Well, it's kind of bittersweet," Brown said about his journey to K-State. "I ended up at K-State by accident when I finished my two years at Dodge City Community College. In the end, it was a good decision."

Brown traveled to the Spring Game from his home in Washington, D.C., while Scott flew in from Atlanta, Georgia. Though the game took place in Kansas City, where the Purple team beat the White team 66-13, both Brown and Scott said they planned to make the visit to their alma mater during their trip to the Midwest, and they hoped to make it out again for a football game this fall.

"Coming back to Manhattan, my wife being with me here to enjoy it and just being able to tell these people I still treasure and love them, it was great. I still love this place and I'm still a Wildcat fan, that's been the best part," Scott said. "I'm just thankful that I came out this way."

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