6313-Don Cockroft Participating in Campus Carnival for Kids
6313-March 22, 2012
"Kardiac Kid Kicker" Don Cockroft will make a special appearance at the Malone University Campus Carnival for Kids with special needs and their families, Tuesday, March 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. in Osborne Hall. Children and their families may meet and have their picture taken with the Cleveland Browns Legend. Cockroft will also be selling and signing his new book, The 1980 Kardiac Kids ~ Our Untold Stories, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the event that adapts athletic activities to each child's ability.
Don Cockroft, one of the last double-duty kickers in the NFL, was the Browns punter for nine seasons and place kicker during his entire 13 year NFL career with the Browns. Cockroft's final year would be the heart-pounding season of the 1980 Kardiac Kids. It was this amazing season and this one extraordinary football team which motivated him to write his recently released book.
Born in Wyoming, raised in Colorado, Cockroft, a three sport letterman in high school, was a walk-on at Adams State College (Alamosa, Colo.) where he became one of the top punters in college football history, averaging over 45 yards per punt during his four year college career. During his senior year at Adams state, his 48.1 yard average was the best in all of college football and earned him All-American honors.
Selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 1967 NFL Draft, Cockroft replaced legendary kicker Lou Groza. Retiring in 1981 with 1080 points, Cockroft was the Browns second all-time scorer and eighth leading scorer in NFL history. His punting average was 40.3 yards per punt. On September 25, 2011 Browns kicker Phil Dawson surpassed Cockroft in total points scored to become the Browns second all-time leading scorer, an honor Cockroft held for 34 years.
Inducted into the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Cleveland Browns Legends in 2007, he and his wife Barb make their home in Canton, Ohio.
He is the father of three children and grandfather of five, and is a stepfather to Barb's three children. Following football Cockroft worked 30 years in the business world, primarily in the area of marketing and sales. A man of faith, he is a gifted speaker who enjoys challenging his audiences to become all that God created them to be.
The 1980 Kardiac Kids ~ Our Untold Stories, a 672 page coffee-table book containing more than 650 photos is a complete and comprehensive account of the amazing 1980 Cleveland Browns season and the team that made it happen, the team affectionately known as The Kardiac Kids. Four years in the making, the book has become an instant classic. In excess of 5,000 copies were sold and distributed in the first three months following the release of the book in early October, 2011.
For an overview of the book and to order, visit thekardiackids.com.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
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