Kit Lathrop went unselected in the 1978 NFL Draft.  Before he got into his first NFL game with the Denver Broncos, two other NFL teams (the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions) had already released him.  The Broncos released him after a year then re-signed him - only to release him again two months later.  The Green Bay Packers signed him, keeping him for a year but releasing him prior to the 1981 season.  So when the USFL came along, Lathrop jumped at the chance to make the squad.

Signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blitz, Lathrop and his fellow members in training camp were given a $ 5/day per diem.  During a team meeting several teammates complained about it, at which point Lathrop showed his leadership potential.  "Listen... I didn't come here for the training camp money.  I came to make my salary."  That type of unselfish attitude endeared him to George Allen and the rest of the Blitz coaching staff, and Lathrop had, at long last, found a football home - at least, until the Blitz and Wranglers famed "franchise swap" after the 1983 season.

Lathrop would go on to play for the "new" Wranglers in 1984 and appear in the USFL Championship Game, along the way being selected twice to the USFL's "All-League" team.  Protected from a dispersal draft held when the Wranglers and Oklahoma Outlaws merged, Lathrop wrapped up his playing career with the Arizona Outlaws.  He then went into coaching, where he has been coach with the CFL's Toronto Argnoauts, as well as a Defensive Line coach and Defensive Coordinator with the Ottawa Renegades and British Columbia Lions.  Today when not coaching he lives in Ahwautukee, Arizona.


Chicago Blitz,
Arizona Wranglers,
Arizona Outlaws


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