Where are They Now?

Tiger Rag catches up with former LSU athletes to find out where are they now.

Tom Strickland

Offensive tackle, 1972-73

 

Strickland (pictured above) is trying to be the first former Tiger football player to be a member of the U.S. Senate. The Democrat is running for the second time against Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo. They will debate on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, Sept. 22.

 

Strickland, who lives in Colorado with his wife and three daughters, was a U.S. attorney during the Clinton administration.

 

He grew up in Houston and was recruited by more than 50 universities. LSU brought him for a recruiting visit when the Tigers played Ole Miss in basketball. At halftime, he and the other recruits got introduced to the crowd. In the second half, Pete Maravich set the NCAA career scoring record.

 

As big as that moment was for Strickland, it wasn't as huge as walking through the Tiger Stadium tunnel and onto the field with the other recruits on a Saturday morning.

 

"It was love at first sight," he said. "I went through the motions of visiting other schools."

 

He played in the Orange Bowl in 1973. He met his wife, the former Beth Frye of Alexandria, at LSU.

 

Strickland was back in Louisiana last fall for a fundraiser for his campaign. While nearby, he went back to Tiger Stadium for the Florida game. He got to go onto the field with fellow former players to honor Coach Charles McClendon.

 

Strickland will be back in Louisiana for a fundraiser in New Orleans in October.

 

Steve Rehage

Cornerback, 1983-86

New York Giants, 1987

 

Rehage doesn't get asked about the concussions in New York, where he spends most of his time. When he's back in New Orleans, though, people remember him as LSU's kamikaze on special teams.

 

The legend is that he suffered 20 concussions. The truth is that he had seven, all in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

 

"After that, I got a little smarter," he said.

 

He runs Rehage Entertainment, which puts on the Voodoo Music Festival on Halloween weekend in New Orleans. This year's lineup will include No Doubt, 311, Garbage, Jack Johnson, Counting Crows, Galactic and Macy Gray.

 

Rehage graduated from LSU with a finance degree. He played for three weeks with the New York Giants, then planned to work on Wall Street. That same fall, the stock market made its biggest plunge in history. The Dow dropped 508 points on Black Monday.

 

"Thus the MBA," Rehage laughed.

 

Around the time that he went to grad school at Tulane and New York University, he also finished his football career with the Ottawa Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.

 

Off the field, entertainment marketing became his niche. His company puts on three-on-three basketball tournaments across the country as well as football and volleyball tournaments.

 

Rehage Entertainment produces the Yahoo! Internet Life Online Music Awards. The firm also does the Revlon Run/Walk in New York, a benefit to fight women's cancers.

 

Warren Capone

Linebacker, 1971-73; All-American, 1972-73

Dallas Cowboys, 1975; New Orleans Saints, 1976

 

Capone was one of four linebackers chosen for LSU's Modern-Day Team of the Century. All four – Mike Anderson (1968-70), Michael Brooks (1983-86), Capone and Moonie Winston (1959-61) – were All-Americans. Only Capone made All-American two years.

 

He lives in Baton Rouge and works in sales for HydroChem, an industrial services company. Capone has long been in sales – insurance (life insurance as well as property and casualty) and chemical sales.

 

He remains friends with his LSU roommate, lineman Tyler LaFauci, now a physical therapist in Baton Rouge. Capone has also kept in close contact with former teammate Norman Hodgins (defensive back/splitback), who works for Axa life insurance in New Orleans.

 

- Picture courtesy of Tom Strickland for U.S Senate


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