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Dennis Homan

Dennis Homan
No. 24, 21
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-01-09) January 9, 1946 (age 68)
Place of birth: Muscle Shoals, Alabama
Career information
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20
Debuted in 1968
Last played in 1972
Career history

Career highlights and awards

Career NFL statistics

Dennis Frank Homan (born January 9, 1946 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the National Football League for five seasons for the Dallas Cowboys (1968–1970) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1971–1972). He later played for the Birmingham Americans (1974) and Birmingham Vulcans (1975) of the World Football League.[1]

Early years

He attended Muscle Shoals High School where he practiced football, basketball and baseball.[2] In 2005, the Muscle Shoals City School System honored Homan by naming the field of James F. Moore Stadium, Dennis Homan Field.[3] Homan played on the school's first football team and is the first Muscle Shoals High School player to be drafted into the NFL.[2][3] He also was inducted into the Colbert County Sports Hall of Fame.

Homan accepted a football scholarship to the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the 1965 National Championship team and the 1966 undefeated season. He came in as a running back, but became a two year starter at split end and a two-time All-SEC performer. As a senior he was named All-American and Academic All-American, after making 54 receptions for 820 yards and 9 touchdowns.[4] He also played in the Senior Bowl, where he was the MVP of the South team.

During his collegiate career, he registered 87 receptions for 1,495 yards and set the school's career touchdown record with 18. In 1988, he was inducted into the Alabama Circle of Champions and in 1999, he was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.[5]

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

Homan was selected in the first round of the 1968 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. In his three years with the team, his best season came in 1969, when he had 12 receptions for 240 yards (20 yard avg.) and no touchdowns. He was a member of the Super Bowl V team that lost to the Baltimore Colts.

His pre-season performances in 1970 won him the starting wide receiver job over Bob Hayes and proceeded to start 5 games, before returning to a reserve role. At the end of the season he asked to be traded, so he was sent to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for wide receiver Gloster Richardson.[6]

Kansas City Chiefs

He decided to retire after two disappointing seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

World Football League

Homan returned to professional football with the Birmingham Americans of the World Football League, where he became one of the league's top wide receivers. In 1974 he had 61 receptions for 930 yards, 8 touchdowns and 2 action points, helping the Americans finish with a 15-5 regular season record and the World Football League championship.

In 1975, the Americans were replaced as the Birmingham WFL franchise by a new team called the Birmingham Vulcans. The WFL folded in mid-season, after he recorded 18 receptions for 277 yards, while playing in a run-oriented offense.

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