A number of people have represented the Acadiana area in the National Football League.

All summer long, we’re going to spotlight the fantastic athletes from the area, people that were actually born in one of the Acadiana parishes, that went on to play football at the highest level, the NFL.

Yesterday, we profiled Lafayette native Phil Nugent.

Today, we spotlight Theophile Viltz.

As far as we can tell, Viltz was the sixth person born in the Acadiana area that went on to play in the NFL and the second born in Lafayette.

Born on April 20, 1943, in Lafayette, Viltz played his college football at USC, where excelled as one of the top defensive backs in the Athletic Association of Western Universities.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Viltz was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 18th round of the 1964 NFL Draft.

That same year, the Cowboys drafted such future stars as Roger Staubach, Mel Renfro, and Bob Hayes.

Out of football for two years, Viltz joined the Houston Oilers, of the American Football League in 1966, where he played in all 14 games, as the Oilers finished at 3-11.

Wearing #34, 1966 turned out to be the lone year for Viltz in professional football.

Today, Viltz is living in California.

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