Jack Del Rio has made headlines all week.
It’s caused an ugly incident I never heard about to resurface regarding a fight Del Rio got into with former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Otis Taylor.
The scene was the 1987 NFL Player Strike. Del Rio was playing for the Chiefs and picketing with teammates at Arrowhead Stadium.
Taylor, who was a scout for the Chiefs at the time, walked out of the facility with a tryout player. Del Rio didn’t recognize Taylor and called him and the other man a “dirty scab” and a “lowlife.”
Del Rio grabbed Taylor around the neck and the two men exchanged blows. As players tried to break up the fight, they yelled out “Otis.”
“Otis? Otis Taylor?” Del Rio said, “I loved watching you as a player.”
Taylor filed a $1 million lawsuit against Del Rio, player representative Nick Lowery and the NFL Players Association. The case was settled out of court two years later.