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Davick Services recommends the Facebook Group "West Texas History & Memories" for history, famous people, old photos, stories, unclaimed estates and genealogy of the Western Half of Texas . . . Check it out and join the conversation

Amazing People from Midland County Texas

 

Wahoo McDaniel

Born Edward McDaniel June 19, 1938. His father, nicknamed "Big Wahoo",  worked in the oil fields and moved to several towns before settling down in Midland, Texas. While Wahoo was in middle school, one of his baseball coaches was George H. W. Bush.

 

McDaniel was a Choctaw-Chickasaw Native American who achieved fame as a professional football player and later as a professional wrestler. One of the sport's legitimate tough guys, Wahoo was an unstoppable force in the ring. He held the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship five times.

 

He played linebacker for the American Football League's Houston Oilers and Denver Broncos but really became a star when he was traded to the New York Jets in 1964. He was a crowd favorite and made 23 tackles in a single game against his former Denver Broncos. McDaniel was picked by the Miami Dolphins in the 1966 American Football League expansion draft, as the team's major name player. During the 1968 season, he knocked out two police officers in an altercation and was traded to the San Diego Chargers. Wahoo never played a game for San Diego and started wrestling full-time.

 

McDaniel's health started to deteriorate in the mid-1990s, which led to his retirement in 1996, and he eventually lost both kidneys. He was awaiting a kidney transplant when he died of complications from diabetes and renal failure on April 18, 2002.

 

 

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

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Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

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Famous People from Midland County TexasMore Famous People from Midland Tx
Books about Midland County People and Places

Books about Midland County TexasBooks about Midland, Chub, Cotton Flat, Greenwood, Spraberry, Dameron City and Germania Texas

Historic Treasures from Midland County Texas

Rare Artifacts, Books, Memorabilia and Historical Documents from Midland Texas (eBay Ads)

Midland County TreasuresMidland County Texas Treasures

Midland County Estates with Unclaimed Inheritance

Midland County County Unclaimed Estates

These Deceased Residents of Midland County Left a total $1,037,451 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs. Please share this with your family and friends from Midland Texas to let them know how to claim their inheritance from the Texas Comptroller's Office. . . .  See the full list

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
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