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History of Football in Texas - County by County

History of Football in Texas

History of Football in Texas in old photos, stories and legends This was football in Texas as our parents, grandparents and ancestors played it.

Andrews County
Shaud WilliamsShaud Williams

Born in Andrews, Texas October 2, 1980, Shaud Williams attended and later coached for Andrews High School between 19951998. He attended college and played football for the University of Alabama and played professionally for the Buffalo Bills, Florida Tuskers and the Omaha Nighthawks . . . more

Tiki Davis from Andrews TexasTiki Davis

Tiki realized a goal of playing collegiate football that would serve as a stepping stone to greater achievements. Tiki Davis was born on July 27, 1978 in Andrews, and grew up in Odessa Texas He is an actor, thought leader, coach, speaker and entrepreneur . . . Read more

Armstrong County
Goodnight Baptist Academy Football Team 1900Goodnight Baptist Academy Football Team c1900
Denton Fox from Claude, TexasDenton Fox

Born May 21, 1947 in Claude Texas, Denton Fox was a football cornerback who played college football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team of Texas Tech University. He was recognized as a second-team All-American in 1969 . . . Read more

Bandera County
1938 Bandera Texas Football Team1938 Bandera Texas Football Team

Very large photo of the Bandera Texas football team in 1938

Brown County
Howard Payne Football Team 1909Howard Payne Football Team 1909

Earliest known photo of the Howard Payne football team. Only a few of the players had helmets in this photo.

Howard Payne Football Team in 1923 Brownwood Texas

Players: Hodges, R. Harris, Flack, Caldwell, Stanford, Richey, Farmer, More, A. L. Kirkpatrick, Taylor, McAllister, Cook, Moore, Beasley . . . read more

Howard Payne Football Team 1924 Brownwood Texas

Davis, Stanford, R. Allbright, McAtee, Keaton, Moore, Henderson, Grady, T. B. Amis, Bissett, Mcallister, Scott, Hodges, Jobes, Nunnaly, Caldwell, Beach, Dheaney, Burns, Blinn and Cook.

Howard Payne Football Team in 1925 Brownwood Texas

T.B. Amis, J. Allen, Stanford, Wright, Boyd, Jobes, J.B. Shirey, Cook, Caldwell, M. Hodges, W. Hodges . . . read more see full size

Castro County
Junior Lee CoffeeJunior Lee Coffey

Played for Dimmitt High School Bobcats, University of Washington Huskies, the Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons, and New York Giants.

Dickens County
Red McCombs

Billy Joe "Red" McCombs

Born in Spur Texas in 1927. He was the owner of the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, and the Minnesota Vikings. A natural born entrepreneur, by the age of ten he was in business for himself.  McCombs was named one of Forbes magazine's top 400 richest Americans in 2005 . . read more

Dimmitt County
John AyersJohn Ayers

John Ayers was born April 14, 1953 in Carrizo Springs Texas. He played college football at West Texas A&M University in Canyon and went on to play as an NFL offensive lineman from 1977 through 1987 for the San Francisco 49's and the Denver Broncos.

Ector County
Kelvin Clark - Football player born in Odessa TexasKelvin Clark

Kelvin Clark was born January 30, 1956 in Odessa Texas. He is a former American college and professional football player who was an Offensive lineman in the National Football League

Roy Williams from Odessa TexasRoy Williams

Roy Williams was born December 20, 1981 in Odessa. He attended Permian High School. He played college football for the University of Texas Longhorns and played professionally as a wide receiver in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, and Chicago Bears . . . more

Derrick ShepardDerrick Shepard

Derrick Shepard was born January 22, 1964 in Odessa Texas. He was a wishbone quarterback for Odessa High School. He was converted to a wide receiver at the University of Oklahoma and played professionally for the Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints, and Dallas Cowboys.

Chuck DicusChuck Dicus

Chuck Dicus was born October 2, 1948 in Odessa, Texas. He is a former wide receiver and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Dicus played college football at the University of Arkansas and professionally two seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the San Diego Chargers.

 
Haydon Fry - Legendary CoachHaydon Fry

Legendary coach Hayden Fry was born February 28, 1929 in Eastland Texas. He played safety and quarterback for Odessa High School in the 1940s and returned to coach there from 1956 to 1958.

Curtis Bledsoe from Odessa TexasCurtis Bledsoe

Curtis Bledsoe was born March 19, 1957 in Odessa, Texas. He is a former professional football player who played fullback, halfback, and running back for the Kansas City Chiefs

Marcus Cannon from Odessa TexasMarcus Cannon

Marcus Cannon was born May 6, 1988 in Odessa Texas He is an offensive tackle with the New England Patriots of the National Football League . . . more about Cannon

Stoney CaseStoney Case

Stoney Case was born July 7, 1972 in Odessa Texas. He is a former quarterback for the Odessa Permian Panthers and the University of New Mexico. He played professionally for three teams in the National Football League . . .

Daryl Hunt w Houston OilersDaryl Hunt

Daryl Hunt was born in Odessa Texas November 3, 1956. The son of educators, he was the first African-American to play football at Odessa Permian High School. He was a linebacker for six seasons for the Houston Oilers.

Erath County
First Football Team in Stephenville 1902

John Arendell, Marshall Ferguson, Rich Fagan, Roy Neblett, Brick Cameron, Stonewall Jackson, Roy Geren, Lynn Roberts, Bob Rutherford,Homer Titus, Newt Bruington, Jim Mace, Frank Booher, Bass Syler and Jay Shelton Claude Caver and Cain Jones

Fisher County
Robert Goode - Famous Football Player from Roby TexasRob Goode

Robert Leslie Goode was born June 5, 1927 in Roby Texas. He was a running back for the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. more about Goode

Floyd County
Lockney Texas High School Football Team in 1939Lockney High School Football Team in 1939

18 members of the Lockney High School Football team posed for this group photo with their coach in 1939 . . . see full size

Colby CarthelColby Carthel

Born August 29, 1976 in Floydada Texas. He is a the head coach of the Stephen F. Austin State University . . . more about Colby Carthel

Don CarthelDon Carthel

Born in Dimmitt, Texas July 6, 1952, Carthel started his coaching career in 1975 under legendary coach L.G.Wilson at Floydada High School in Floydada, Texas . . . more about Coach Carthel

Coach L.G WilsonL. G. Wilson

Born November 5, 1924 in Anson, Texas, legendary head coach and athletic director L.G. Wilson coached at Floydada High School from 1968 to 1982 . . . more on Coach Wilson

David Terrell

Former NFL safety David Terrell was born in Floydada, Texas July 8, 1975. He attended high school in Sweetwater . . . more about Terrell

Damon WashingtonDamon Washington

Born February 20, 1977 in Lockney, Texas. Washington is a former NFL running back . . . more about Damon Washington

Hale County
Jamar Wall 2019Jamar Wall

Born in Plainview Texas January 10, 1988, Jamar has won football honors in High School, College and Professionally. He played for Plainview High School, Texas Tech, Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles and for the last several years with Calgary Stampeders.

Arland ThompsonArland Thompson

Born in Lockney September 19, 1957, Arland attended Plainview High School. He is a former NFL player who turned scientist after his retirement from football in 1987 . . . read more

Lawrence McCutcheonLawrence McCutcheon

Lawrence McCutcheon was born on June 2, 1950 in Plainview, Texas. He graduated from Plainview High School in 1968. McCutcheon is a former running back in the National Football League. He is also an actor having played himself in the TV series Wonder Woman . . . more McCutcheon

Haskell County
John Kimbrough - The Haskell Hurricane John Kimbrough

Known as the "Haskell Hurricane" when he played for the Texas A&M Aggies football team. The Aggies were an undefeated 1939 national championship team when he played fullback. In 1940 he finished second to the University of Michigan's Tom Harmon in Heisman Trophy balloting. According to his College Football Hall of Fame biography, Jarrin' John was a punishing 6 ft 2 in tall 210 lb running back known for breaking tackles with his high knee action who was honored with induction into that organization in 1954

Howard County
Big Spring High School 1919 Football TeamBig Spring High School 1919 Football Team

On the team (and probably in the photograph): Gill Alfred Barnett, Wesley Line, Frank Covert, Elmer Boatler, James Little ... read more see full size

Hutchinson County
First Girl to Play High School FootballFrankie Groves, First Girl to Play High School Football

In this amazing old photo 16-year-old Frankie Groves, the first girl to play High School Football in Texas suits up to play for Stinnett Texas in 1947. It was on a frigid November 14 against arch-rival Groom High and against the wishes of many in her own hometown, that Frankie Groves became the first girl to play high school football in the State of Texas . . .

Lubbock County
Lubbock High School Football Team in 1939Lubbock High School Football Team in 1939

On the ground, left to right: J. D. Wynn, Henry Lawson, Franklin Butler, Max Walthall, Francis Bearden, Jimmy Williamson. Sitting, Troy Davidson, Robert McKinnon, Jack Lovin, Clifton Hill, Howard Alford, Paul Sparkman, Joe Tyson, James Barker, Fred Redwine... read more

E J Holub aka The Beast

 Born January 5, 1938, E.J. Holub grew up in Lubbock, Texas, He spent the last years of his life in Midland . . .  more about Holub

Eric HippleEric Hipple - professional football player and author

Eric Hipple was born in Lubbock September 16, 1957. He is an author and former professional football player. Hipple played for the Detroit Lions from . . . read more

Landon Johnson - professional football player

Linebacker Landon Johnson was born in Lubbock Texas March 13, 1981 and attended Lubbock's Coronado High School . . . more

Curtis Jordan - professional football player and entrepreneur

Curtis Jordan was born in Lubbock Texas January 25, 1954. He attended Monterey High School and Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He is a restaurateur and former NFL player . . . more about Jordan

Jerry GrayJerry Gray - NFL football player and coach

Born Jerry Don Gray in Lubbock Texas in 1962, Gray attended Lubbock Estacada High School. Today, he is a football coach and . . , more about Jerry Gray

Dennis GentryDennis Gentry - professional football player

Born in Lubbock Texas February 10, 1959, Gentry graduated from Lubbock Dunbar High School and Baylor University. He was drafted into the Chicago Bears in 1982 where . . . continued

Denton Fox from Claude, TexasDenton Fox

Born May 21, 1947, Denton Fox was a football cornerback who played college football for the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team. He was inducted into the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame. In 2001, he was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. . . . Read more

Shallowater Mustangs Football Team in 1975

Here's a great old photo of the Shallowater Mustangs . . . See anyone you know? see the article for list of players

Sony CumbieSonny Cumbie- professional football player

Born Sonny Jack Cumbie August 8, 1981, Cumbie was the starting quarterback for Texas Tech in Lubbock Texas during the 2004 season, where he led the nation in passing . . . continued

Martin RubyMartin Ruby - professional football player and coach

Ruby was born in Lubbock, Texas June 9, 1922. He was an offensive and defensive tackle for the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers in the All-America football Conference . . . read more

Brandon Williams - professional football player

After an impressive HS record, Williams accepted a scholarship from Texas Tech University and started as a defensive end in his 2nd year. He led the Big 12 Conference with 21 tackles . . . more about Williams

Jesse Powell

Powell was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins from 1969 to 1973.  He played in three Super Bowls. After retiring from football, Powell worked as an insurance agent for 35 years and retired from the company in 2012. Powell died in a Lubbock hospital. . .   more about Powell

Chance Mock professional football player

Chance Mock was born in Lubbock, Texas December 10, 1981. He played professionally for the Austin Wranglers in the Arena football League . . . more about Mock

Mason CrosbyMason Crosby - professional football player

Mason Walker Crosby was born September 3, 1984 in Lubbock Texas. He is an American football placekicker for the Green Bay Packers of the National football League . . . continued

Lynn County
Val Joe Walker

Val Joe Walker was born January 7, 1930 in Tahoka, in Lynn County, Texas, he grew up in Seminole in Gaines County, A gifted athlete, he was a defensive back in the National Football League . . . continued

Midland County
Midland College Football Team in 1910Midland College Football Team 1910

 

Antwan Goodley

Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Goodley attended Midland High School, As a senior, he was named first-team All-District 2-5A and first-team All-Permian Basin  . .  read more

Tom Brahaney

Tom Brahaney was born in Midland, Texas in 1951. He played football for Midland High School and college football for the University of Oklahoma . . . more about Tom Brahaney

Cedric Benson

Born in Midland, Texas in 1982. Benson attended Robert E Lee High School in Midland. He is a former University of Texas and NFL running back.  . . more about Cedric Benson

Wahoo McDanielWahoo McDaniel

Born Edward McDaniel in 1938. His father, nicknamed "Big Wahoo", worked in oil the fields and moved to several towns before settling down in Midland, Texas. While he was in middle school, in Midland, one of his baseball coaches was George H. W. Bush. . . . read more

Eric Winston

Born in Midland, Texas in 1983, Eric Winston played high school football at Robert E. Lee High School. Today, he is an offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL . . more about Winston

James Zachery

Born and raised in Midland, Texas, James Zachery was a professional football player, musician, actor and song writer until his murder by a criminal gang. . . read about his career and murder

Motley County
Jesse Powell

Born in Matador, Texas in 1947, Powell was a graduate of Spur High School. He was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins from 1969 to 1973 and played in three Super Bowls. more about Powell

Warren "Tex" TilsonWarren E. "Tex" Tilson

Born in Motley County, Texas in 1902 Tilson was a football player and coach for the Washington & Lee Generals from 1922 to 1940. Tilson never forgot his ranching heritage. In 1932 he bought a 426 acre . . . read more.

Potter County
John AyersJohn Ayers

John Ayers was born April 14, 1953 in Carrizo Springs Texas. He played college football at West Texas A&M University in Canyon and went on to play as an NFL offensive lineman from 1977 through 1987 for the San Francisco 49's and the Denver Broncos.

Colby CarthelColby Carthel

Born August 29, 1976 in Floydada Texas. he was the defensive coordinator for his father and former West Texas A&M University head coach, Don Carthel, from 2006 to 2012 in Canyon Texas.  . . . more about Colby Carthel

Randall County
West Texas State Normal College football in 1921West Texas State Normal College football in 1921

Model T's lined the end zone to watch this football game at West Texas State Normal College in 1921

West Texas State Normal College football players in 1910sWest Texas State Normal College football players in 1910s

Sometime in the 1910s these three tough-looking and one who looks like he's wondering what he got himself into when he joined the WT College Football Team posed for this crystal clear photo

Scurry County
Sony CumbieSonny Cumbie

Born Sonny Jack Cumbie August 8, 1981, Cumbie attended Snyder High School in Snyder, Texas, and was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball . . . continued

Taylor County
Coach L.G WilsonL. G. Wilson

Born November 5, 1924 in Anson, Texas, legendary head coach and athletic director L.G. Wilson graduated from Abilene Christian College in 1950, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. . . . more on Coach Wilson

Sammy Baugh in September 1937Sammy Baugh

Sammy Baugh was born March 17, 1914. A famous football player, rancher and actor, he played football for Sweetwater High School, TCU, the Washington Redskins and coached for Hardin-Simmons in Abilene . . . more about Baugh

Abilene Texas High School Football Team 1923Abilene High School Football Team in 1923

Eleven players on the Abilene High School football team in 1923.

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1923 Abilene High Football Team Go to Fort Worth1923 Abilene High School Football Team

1923 Abilene High School Football Team on the Way to Fort Worth

McMurray College Abilene Texas 1927 Football TeamMcMurray College Abilene Texas 1927 Football Team

McMurray College Coach R M Medley with players Taylor, Osborn Park, Isaacs, Bowers, Tharp, Miller, Newton, Asst. Coach Pratt, Corbin, Roberts, Edwards, Brown, H V Hodges, Patterson, Mitchell, Hunt, Wharton, Hale and Pool in 1927.

McMurry College Abilene Texas 1924 Football Team McMurry College Abilene Texas 1924 Football Team

McMurry College Football Coach R. M. Medley with players Campbell, Hale, W. Hill, Fitzgerald, Farmer, Hunt, Bigby, Bowers, West, Young, McCandless, Brown, Donaldson, Peeples, Wood, Self, Newton, D. Hill, Ledbetter, Harkrider, Murphy, and Meader in 1924

Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1903Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1903
Texas Football Legends - County by County

Texas Football StoriesTexas Football Stories - County by County

Resources:

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Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

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