THE SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE — A FAMILY THEN AND NOW

THE SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE — A FAMILY THEN AND NOW

The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame Induction brought hundreds to the Governor’s Ballroom at the Austin Hilton. Inductees included four football players: Cotton Davidson of Baylor University, Eric Metcalf of the University of Texas, Bill Montgomery of Arkansas, and Dan Irons of Texas Tech. Other inductees included baseball’s Jose Cruz, Jr. of Rice University and Lance Brown of TCU,  track stars Carol Lewis from the University of Houston and Curtis Mills of Texas A&M, and basketball standout Rick Herrscher of SMU. The attendees included many outstanding athletes supporting their family members, teammates, and friends. Among them were Carl Lewis, Earl Campbell, Nolan Ryan, and Jose Cruz, Sr. Cotton Davidson. Cotton Davidson quarterbacked a highly-ranked Baylor squad in the early 1950s, persuading Weeb Ewbank to make him the Baltimore Colts’ first-round draft choice in 1954. Davidson described the Southwest Conference as a family. He said the closely-knit geographical region led to players playing against each other in high school, then becoming […]

Legendary Insights — An Evening with Doug English

An excited crowd of football fans congregated at BookPeople bookstore in Austin, Texas on November 13, 2014, celebrating the release of The Game before the Money: Voices of the Men Who Built the NFL, and relishing a chance to meet NFL All-Pro and College Football Hall of Fame inductee Doug English. English shared tremendous stories about his days at the University of Texas and his outstanding 10-year career with the Detroit Lions. Fans were given an opportunity to ask Doug questions, and a chance to purchase a copy of The Game before the Money autographed by English and author Jackson Michael (that’s me). COLLEGE CAREER English arrived at Texas in 1971, immediately after the Longhorns were voted national champions in back-to-back seasons. When asked what he learned from legendary Texas head coach Darrell Royal, English recalled a time that Royal pulled him aside to discuss Doug’s on-field personality. “Doug, you’re a nice guy,” Royal said. “You know what happens to […]

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