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Hidden chemist: Scott Couper

scott couper american footballWho is he?

An American football player from Scotland.

Why is he famous?

Nicknamed "Scoops", he played at wide receiver, most notably for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe.

Born in 1970, he played for Strathclyde University's setup in the British Collegiate American Football League in 1991, going all the way to the playoffs. Couper went on to complete a organometallic and polymer chemistry degree at the university.

In 1995 he was signed by the newly-founded Claymores to fulful their contingent of National (non-American) players; NFL Europe rules required a number to be on the roster and at least one to compete in every other series of downs. Couper, wearing uniform number 81, played in nine of the Claymores' ten seasons of existence, initially retiring in 2001 before making a comeback in 2003. Couper amassed over 100 receptions and scored 10 touchdowns in his time with the club, and was voted the league-wide National Offensive Player of the Year in 1997. He played in two World Bowls with the Claymores, winning a World Bowl ring in World Bowl IV. Couper was statistically one of the most successful national players in the league.