Screen was a multi-talented athlete who began his athletic career as a youth on the NORD playgrounds. He prepped at Jesuit High School where he earned 12 varsity letters and led the Blue Jay football team to three consecutive Catholic League titles and a 39-5 record. He was selected the city's Outstanding Player Award winner all three years as a prep. While in high school he was chosen MVP of his American Legion baseball team. Screen moved on to LSU where he played football and shared quarterback duties for much of his collegiate career. A gridiron highlight for Screen came in the 1966 Cotton Bowl, when he took over for the injured starting QB and directed the Tigers to an upset win over top-ranked and unbeaten Arkansas. Screen was inducted posthumously.