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THE LEGENDS: TITANS OF THE TEXAS GRIDIRON
August 05, 2008
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August 05, 2008

The Legends: Titans Of The Texas Gridiron

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The Alltime Texas Team

Lone Star State? Not exactly. A team comprising just the great players who attended high school and college in Texas (sorry, Mel Renfro) features a galaxy of stars

OFFENSE

QB

SAMMY BAUGH*

Sweetwater

TCU ('36)

Slingin' Sammy edged Vince Young for his impact on the modern passing game.

RB

EARL CAMPBELL*

Tyler John Tyler

Texas ('77)

Three-time NFL MVP with Oilers has his college and pro jerseys retired.

RB

DOAK WALKER*

Dallas Highland Park

SMU ('49)

Award for nation's top running back is named for this 1948 Heisman winner.

WR

RAYMOND BERRY*

Paris

SMU ('54)

Teamed with Johnny Unitas on the Colts to lead the NFL in catches three times.

WR

DON MAYNARD*

Colorado City

Texas Western ('57)

Crosbyton native held pro records for catches (633) and yards receiving (11,834).

TE

RILEY ODOMS

C.C. West Oso

Houston ('71)

All-America at UH ranks ninth among NFL tight ends in yards per catch (14.5).

OL

FORREST GREGG*

Sulphur Springs

SMU ('55)

Vince Lombardi called this Packers star "the finest player I ever coached".

OL

JERRY SISEMORE

Plainview

Texas ('72)

Twice named All-America, his Horns won the national title and three SWC crowns.

OL

GENE UPSHAW*

Robstown

Texas A&I ('66)

In 15 NFL seasons his Raiders won two titles and made the playoffs 11 times.

OL

RICHMOND WEBB

Dallas Roosevelt

Texas A&M ('89)

Protected Dan Marino's blind side and made seven straight Pro Bowls, a Miami record.

C

CLYDE TURNER*

Newman

Hardin-Simmons ('39)

Bulldog led HSU to a 23-3-2 record and won four NFL titles with the Bears.

DEFENSE

DL

JOE GREENE*

Temple Dunbar

North Texas State ('68)

NFL Rookie of the Year in '69 anchored Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain defense.

DL

BOB LILLY*

Throckmorton

TCU ('60)

The Dallas Cowboys' first draft pick ever ('61) earned 11 Pro Bowl selections.

DL

JOHN RANDLE

Hearne

Texas A&I ('89)

Undrafted out of college, he retired with the most sacks (137�) by an NFL tackle.

DL

MICHAEL STRAHAN

Houston Westbury

Texas Southern ('93)

Undersized collegian retired in '08 fifth on the alltime NFL sack list (141�).

LB

E.J. HOLUB

Lubbock

Texas Tech ('60)

Linebacker and lineman for the Chiefs was also an All-America center at Tech.

LB

TOMMY NOBIS

S.A. Jefferson

Texas ('65)

Top pick of '66 won the Outland Trophy and helped the Horns to the '63 title.

LB

MIKE SINGLETARY*

Houston Worthing

Baylor ('80)

Ten-time Pro Bowler with Chicago holds tackles record (662) at Baylor.

DB

DARRELL GREEN*

Houston Jones

Texas A&I ('82)

NFL iron man earned two Super Bowl rings in 20 years with the Redskins.

DB

LESTER HAYES

Houston Wheatley

Texas A&M ('76)

All-America safety was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year as a CB in '80.

DB

KEN HOUSTON*

Lufkin Dunbar

Prairie View A&M ('66)

Hard hitter was the NFL's top strong safety and earned 10 Pro Bowl trips.

DB

YALE LARY*

F.W. North Side

Texas A&M ('51)

Versatile safety's punting average (48.94) in '63 for the Lions is third in the NFL.

SPECIAL TEAMS

K

PHIL DAWSON

R. Lake Highlands

Texas ('97)

He tied UT record for straight PATs (54) and has made 82.7% (182 of 220) of NFL FGs.

P

SHANE LECHLER

East Bernard

Texas A&M ('98)

Two-time All-America holds NFL record for career punting average (46.5).

KR-PR

DANTE HALL

Houston Nimitz

Texas A&M ('99)

The X Factor made two Pro Bowls and is second at A&M in all-purpose yards (4,706).

COACH

TOM LANDRY*

Mission

Texas ('48)

The first and most beloved Cowboys coach showed class in 29 seasons in Big D.

* Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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