Flushing, New York
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Disgraced former Dallas Cowboy
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Thomas Lance Rentzel (born October 14, 1943 in Flushing, New York) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and the Los Angeles Rams from 1965 to 1974. After playing college football at the University of Oklahoma, Rentzel was drafted in the second round of the 1965 NFL Draft by the Vikings. The prime of his career was spent with the Cowboys, with whom he played in the "Ice Bowl," scoring a fourth quarter, go-ahead touchdown, and Super Bowl V. Over nine NFL seasons, he accumulated 4,826 yards receiving, 196 yards rushing, and 1,000 yards returning punts and kickoffs. He also had a perfect passer rating, by virtue of his lone pass attempt being completed for a 58-yard touchdown.
In November 1970, Rentzel was arrested for exposing himself to a 10-year-old girl in University Park, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. His wife, model Joey Heatherton, divorced him shortly thereafter. Four years earlier he had a similar incident at a playground in Minnesota, when playing for the Vikings, but was charged with disorderly conduct in exchange for promising to attend therapy. He was subsequently traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to the 1971 season, the Cowboys traded Rentzel to the Rams for Billy Truax and Wendell Tucker. Purportedly, Rentzel lives in Dallas, Texas, after living for several years in the Washington, D.C. area.
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Thomas Lance Rentzel (born October 14, 1943 in Flushing, New York) is a former flanker in the National Football League (NFL) who played from 1965 to 1974. Originally a halfback for the Minnesota Vikings, he was converted to a receiver in his third season by the Dallas Cowboys and played the balance of his career at that position, including three final years for the Los Angeles Rams.
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Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2nd round (23rd overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft.
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