Brother duo combined to play 12 seasons in NFL

2011-07-19T00:00:00Z 2012-11-30T19:10:15Z Brother duo combined to play 12 seasons in NFL Arizona Daily Star
July 19, 2011 12:00 am

In celebration of Arizona's centennial, the Star will feature our picks for the 100 best athletes, moments and teams.

Throughout the summer, we will showcase our list - with the first 90 in no particular order. In August, Greg Hansen will choose his top 10, with a column on each.

Andy and Warren Livingston

Achievement

Andy Livingston didn't want to listen to the rules. He knew he could play in the NFL.

With his brother, Warren, a UA graduate, already in the league with the Dallas Cowboys, little brother Andy knew he had talent to play at the highest level.

There was one problem. He wasn't old enough. Not even close.

In 1964, at age 19 when Andy was trying to break into the league, the NFL had a rule that players couldn't compete until they graduated from college.

Andy, who moved with his family to Arizona from Oklahoma as a kid, was a high school All-American in 1961 at Mesa High and never graduated. When his girlfriend had a baby girl, Andy dropped out of school to be a full-time father.

"Between trying to raise a family and carry 16 hours, it was too stressful and too difficult," Andy told The New York Times in 2003. "The word got out that I was trying to make a move to the NFL."

After a short stint at Phoenix College, the younger Livingston eventually convinced then-commissioner Pete Rozelle to give him a hardship exemption and was allowed to play in the NFL.

"The guys laughed at me when I came into training camp, and everything that I owned was in a brown paper bag," Andy said to the Times. "And they were all laughing. And I said, 'everything I own is in this brown paper bag, so I have no place to go. I am not leaving here. I came to stay.'"

And he did.

In his first NFL game, the Chicago Bears fullback had an 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings.

He went on to play four seasons with the Bears and two more with the New Orleans Saints. The 1969 season was his best, rushing for 761 yards with five touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl.

Warren was out of the league by then. He played six seasons, all with the Cowboys. A defensive back, Warren finished his career with 10 interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

Hometown; age

Warren: Eufaula, Okla.; 73

Andy: Eufaula, Okla.; 66

By the numbers

114

Number of games the Livingston brothers played in the NFL

Daniel Berk

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