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Kevin Scanlon

Football ∙ Beaver Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In December 1979, Southern Cal running back Charles White won the Heisman trophy...and a few months later Kevin Scanlon won the “Lowsman” trophy when he was the final player selected in the 1980 NFL draft. Actually, Kevin was the next to last player picked (at #332), but the final selection – Tyrone McGriff – opted to play in the Canadian Football League and the honor fell to Kevin, which meant that he got to spend a week in southern California getting wined and dined and receiving some tongue-in-cheek recognition. Kevin never played a down in the NFL but later, as a senior vice president for a Little Rock investment firm, could look back on an amazing football career that made him one of the most successful quarterbacks to emerge from Beaver County. Kevin played two seasons under Beaver Falls Tigers coach Larry Bruno, after freshman and sophomore seasons at Quigley Catholic High School. In high school, Kevin was named first team All Conference three times, All WPIAL and All State twice, and High School All American as a senior in 1974. He finished his scholastic career as Beaver County’s all time leader in passing yards (3515) and touchdown passes (33) and was the first Beaver County sophomore to pass for more than 1000 yards in a season and the first sophomore to lead the county in touchdown passes (13). Kevin completed 62 percent of his high school passes (67 percent as a senior). On a football scholarship to North Carolina State University, Kevin lettered in 1976 but then followed Wolfpack coach Lou Holtz to Arkansas, where Kevin started as Razorbacks quarterback his senior season and earned Southwest Conference MVP honors by leading Arkansas to a 10-2 record, a No 6 ranking, and a Sugar Bowl berth against the eventual national champion Alabama. Kevin set the Arkansas single season pass accuracy record as a senior (66.2 percent), was named the Razorbacks MVP, and played in the Japan Bowl All Star Game. At the Razorbacks postseason banquet, Lou Holtz referred to Kevin as “the best quarterback I ever coached.” After he was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1980, Kevin spent time on the Rams roster and the Hamilton Tigercats of the Canadian Football League, but decided to retire from football. One of his first jobs was as a travel aide to then Arkansas governor Bill Clinton.