John Douglas Wyatt Doug Wyatt is a former professional American football player who played defensive back in the National Football League for five seasons for the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. Wyatt was a three-time all-Missouri Valley Conference selection as a defensive back for the Golden Hurricane in 1967, '68 and '69. Also returned punts and handled field goal kicking and PATs his sophomore and junior seasons. Tallied a team-high eight pass breakups and was second in tackles with 72 stops as a junior in 1968. Was looked at to be Dallas Cowboys number one draft pick in the 1969 draft to play strong safety, however Doug underwent knee surgery in the spring before his senior season after an injury on the practice field. As a senior, Wyatt came back to lead Tulsa in interceptions and pass breakups with five pick offs for 41 yards and 10 pass breakups while recording 66 tackles. Had totals of 53 points as a sophomore and 25 points his junior season on conversions and field goals, and also totaled 312 yards on 25 punt returns in those two seasons. Played in the Hula Bowl after his senior campaign. Wyatt, before the draft was helping the state of Texas with highway cleanup in 1969, when he picked up a 7 up bottle that had been lying on the highway easement. When he rinsed off the bottle, it exploded from the Texas heat and a piece of shrapnel hit him in his left eye. Wyatt has been blind in that eye to this day. However Doug never disclosed his injury to anyone. Wyatt, was taken in the 17th round as a gamble, but ended up starting the first game for the New Orleans Saints playing blind in one eye every play.Wyatt started 3 seasons with the Saints and was traded to Detroit. Doug played 2 seasons in Detroit .Doug Wyatt was inducted to the Tulsa HOF in 2006 for Football....He is still an avid Saints & Lions Fan. He currently resides in Tyler, Texas
- ^ "Doug Wyatt NFL & AFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. 1952-06-15. Retrieved 2013-12-27.
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