The Collected Wisdom of Scott Case
Born in Waynoka, Scott Case and his family grew up in Alva before moving to Edmond before his junior year of high school.
Edmond (the town only had one high school at the time) reached the state finals in football in Case's junior season. The next year, Case was an All-State running back for the Bulldogs.
After playing football two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami where he won a national championship and was a junior college All-American, Case signed with the Oklahoma Sooners for the 1982-83 seasons. He was named All-Big Eight safety his senior season.
He played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons as a defensive back before rejoining his college coach, Barry Switzer, and the Dallas Cowboys in 1995 for their Super Bowl XXX championship team that beat the Pittsburgh Steelers.
He is now a business partner in Atlanta with former Falcons teammate Tom Pridemore in a utility construction company. He and his wife Connie, who is from Grove, have four adult children and 2-year-old Kenzie Grace, who they adopted.
When my father passed away about a year and a half ago, a guy at the funeral I was talking to was telling me a story about my dad moving (to Edmond) so I would have better opportunities to showcase my skills and my talent. I never knew that.
I wasn't a huge part of that (Edmond) team my junior year. I was All-State running back and played a little bit of defensive back (my senior year).
My dream was always to play at Oklahoma. I was die-hard from as far back as I can remember. For whatever reason, they didn't want a little, scrawny 170-pound running back.
I almost signed with Oklahoma State. Jimmy Johnson was coaching there. A couple of evenings before signing day, Jimmy called and said they got some big recruit out of Texas. At that point you could get partial scholarships and he was going to cut part of my scholarship. I just decided I wasn't going to do that and I ended up at NEO.
We won the national championship my freshman year and I was All-American my sophomore year. After those two years at NEO, I kind of got recruited by everybody. Oklahoma was always at the top of the list. I almost ended up signing with Nebraska out of NEO, but I couldn't pull the trigger. I had to go with my heart.
I loved it (playing at OU). It was something I always dreamed of. It was nothing but positive for me, all the people and the coaches. Bobby Proctor was the defensive backs coach and a great mentor for me.
Just walking down the ramp at the Cotton Bowl playing Texas is something you never get over. That's a once-in-a-lifetime type of experience.
My sophomore year, I broke the single season interception record, which I think at that time was held by Darrell Royal. For an individual accomplishment, that was probably the highlight.
I played in Atlanta 11 years and then went to Dallas my 12th and final year. (Barry Switzer) knew my time in Atlanta was ending. We had gone through several coaches and my contract was up.
He called in the offseason and said they really wanted to sign me. They had already won two Super Bowls and were a great team with the triplets. I knew what kind of team they had because we played them, and I just took that as some kind of sign.
When Barry called me before I signed, he told me we were going to go win a Super Bowl. After the Super Bowl, when it was all over, he looked down the sideline at me and kind of winked and said, “We did it.”
It's definitely a job (playing in the NFL). It's a lot different than college. There is not a lot of rah-rah to it. It's a job and you are expected to go out to perform and you do what you've got to do to get ready to perform.
There is no Barry Switzer to stand up in front of you like before an OU-Texas game and get you jacked up and ready to go. There is not a lot of that.
I was fortunate to play for a long time, especially the way I played. My MO was always to be real physical and just try to beat people down. I was pretty lucky. There are some guys who can't make it a year or two then they are done with injuries.
I own a business (in Atlanta). It's become our home, but I still enjoy getting back (to Oklahoma). That will always be home. My mother still lives in Edmond and have a brother who lives just down the street from her.
When I was drafted with the Falcons, I was kind of drafted to take (Tom Pridemore's) spot. He was the starting safety. That usually doesn't lend itself to being friends. We both like to hunt and the outdoors and we just got along really well.
I worked for Fox the year after I got out (of football). I did a few games (television broadcasting) with Fox, and I enjoyed that because I was staying around the game, but I didn't know if that was going to work out for longevity. They are always looking for the next quarterback to retire, so I joined forces with him (Pridemore).
We just adopted another little girl a year ago and got five (kids) now. She had her 2-year-old birthday in December, and we've had her since she was a month old. It wasn't going to work out with her mother, so we ended up adopting her.
I thought I was done with tee ball and all that but evidently not. It wasn't something we were looking for, but we have certainly been blessed by it.
I can't imagine life without her now. She is a sweetheart and we love her to death. She is a huge part of our family. She has changed the way we think and the way we do things.