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Colin Ridgway, the First Australian to play in the NFL

trivfun
01-23-2010, 04:59 PM
I know this is a tennis website but I'm hoping for information about this man named Colin Ridgway. He is an Australian who lived in the United States.

Colin was born in Melbourne in 1937. He was a high jumper who participated in the Melbourne Games in 1956 and won bronze at the 1960 Rome Olmypics. He played Australian Rules Football and attended Lamar University in Texas. It was there that the American Football team, Dallas Cowboys, discovered him and signed him to their 1965 roster. He only played 3 games because his short drop kick style didn't not suit the NFL then. But, he stayed in Dallas and became a successful businessman.

On May 13 1993, Colin was murdered in his home in Dallas. Police and his step-daughters claim that it was a murder for hire by their mother to collect insurance money. The courts have dismissed that notion. It is still an open case.