Dale Livingston, the leading scorer on the first Bengals team who pulled double duty that inaugural season of 1968, died earlier this week at a Green Bay, Wis., hospital, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette.
Livingston, 63, a Pontiac, Mich., native who went to Western Michigan, was the sixth player ever drafted by the Bengals as their last of three picks in the third round of that first draft. The man picked right before him at No. 82, Arizona running back Paul Robinson, ended up being the second-leading scorer with nine touchdowns.
Livingston punted 70 times for a 43.4-yard average while making half of his 26 field-goal tries. Replaced by Horst Muhlmann as the kicker in 1969, Livingston punted another 70 times for a 39.6-yard average before moving to the Packers in 1970.
That season Livingston hit a 14-yard field goal with 3:39 left to give Green Bay a 22-20 victory over the Chargers in the Packers' first ever Monday night game. The newspaper said that Livingston had been ill since October heart surgery. After selling insurance for more than 20 years, he got a special education degree and taught children with learning disabilities at a local middle school while also coaching golf before retiring in June 2007.