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August 22, 1941 |
|AFL draft:||1963 / Round: 7 / Pick: 50|
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Milton Eugene "Mickey" Slaughter (born August 22, 1941) is a former professional American football quarterback in the American Football League and assistant coach at Louisiana Tech. He was raised in Alexandria, Louisiana and played quarterback for Coach Maxie Lambright at Bolton High School, where he graduated in 1959. He then played college football for Hall of Fame Coach Joe Aillet at Louisiana Tech, where he was a three-time all-conference quarterback before graduating with a BA in 1962.
Slaughter was drafted in the 7th round by the Denver Broncos, where he played his entire four-year career. Though he set several franchise rookie records in 1963 that stand to this day, he compiled just a 1-5-1 record as a starter. As of 2017[update]'s NFL off-season, his 1,689 yards, 15 interceptions, 7.57 yards per attempt, and 5 interceptions in a single game (Oct 13 against the Houston Oilers) remain Broncos rookie records. He started just 12 games the rest of his career, which ended at a 2-15-2 record. He had 291 completions on 584 attempts for 3,607 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 38 interceptions.
After professional football, Slaughter earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech University in 1966. In 1967, Slaughter's former high school football coach Maxie Lambright offered him an assistant coaching position on the Louisiana Tech football staff. He accepted the offer and coached the offensive backfield for 12 years from 1967 to 1978. Notable Louisiana Tech football players coached by Slaughter include Terry Bradshaw, Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, Tommy Spinks, Roger Carr, Mike Barber, Pat Tilley, and Billy Ryckman. Slaughter was inducted into the Louisiana Tech University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987. His son Bobby Slaughter also played football at Louisiana Tech and was an All-American wide receiver in 1990 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1991.
On August 6, 2016, Slaughter and four others were inducted into the Ark-La-Tex Sports Museum of Champions at the Shreveport Convention Center. Since its opening in 2007 through 2015, 132 persons had already been selected for this honor. Other inducted with Slaughter are Ray Germany, a Louisiana Tech Bulldogs basketball All-American in 1959 and 1960 who resides in Haughton; Billy Montgomery, a former Haughton High School basketball coach and state representative; hot air balloonist Bill Bussey, a dentist from Longview, Texas, and the professional golf caddie Freddie C. Burns, Sr., an African-American from Shreveport.
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