By: Steve King, Contributor to ClevelandBrowns.com
Bo Scott arrived in Cleveland from two directions – north and south.
Scott, who was born March 30, 1943 in Connellsville, Pa., was a third-round pick of the Browns in the 1965 NFL Draft out of Ohio State. But he didn’t play for the Browns – that time, at least – as he opted instead to go to the Canadian Football League.
He returned to Cleveland in 1969 to begin the NFL portion of his pro career, and the Browns were glad he did. He played with the club for five years, through 1974, before retiring, and from 1970-72, he teamed with Pro Football Hall of Famer Leroy Kelly to form one of the best backfields in the league.
Scott rushed for 625 yards and seven touchdowns in 1970, while also leading the club with 40 receptions, good for four scores.
With 70 points, he was second on the team in scoring, only four points behind kicker Don Cockroft.
Scott came back in 1971 and ran for 606 yards and nine scores, and finished third on the Browns with 30 catches as they won their first AFC Central championship.
Then in 1972 as the Browns gained the conference’s lone wild-card playoff berth, he rushed for 571 yards and two touchdowns, and had 23 receptions.
His 2,124 career rushing yards are just short of putting him on the team’s top 10 list, but his 18 rushing touchdowns are more than the totals of four of those players.
Also born on this date, March 30, in Browns history was defensive end Mike Seifert (1951 in Port Washington, Wis.).
The Wisconsin product was drafted by the Browns in the 13th round in 1974 – the same round in which they had taken San Diego State quarterback Brian Sipe just two years before. He played only that season with the club – it was also his only season in the NFL– as a part-time starter at right end with Canton (Ohio) McKinley High School and Ohio State product Nick Roman.
Another young Browns defensive lineman, tackle Cark Barisich, and veteran offensive lineman John Demarie were claimed by the Seattle Seahawks March 30, 1976 in the NFL Expansion Draft.
Barisich, from Princeton, had been an 11th-round draft choice of the Browns in 1973 and had been with the club for three years. He ended up playing with the Seahawks in 1976, the Miami Dolphins for the next four seasons and then the New York Giants briefly in 1981 to complete his nine-year career.
Demarie was a sixth-round draft choice of the Browns in 1967 out of Louisiana State and played nine years with the team. He spent 1976 with Seattle before retiring.
J.K. McKay, a wide receiver from USC who was taken by the Browns in the 16th round of the 1975 NFL Draft, was also claimed in the 1976 Expansion Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His father, John McKay, was the coach of the team, and had been his coach at USC as well.
It was a nice day-after birthday present for J.K. McKay, who turned 23 on March 28.
McKay, whose younger brother, Rich, served as general manager of the Bucs for a while and is now the president of the Atlanta Falcons, played three years with Tampa Bay.
J.K. McKay had quite a college career. His USC teams secured national championships in both 1972 and ’74 by defeating Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
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