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February 5, 2019 @ 8:56 pm

Jerry LeVias Part 2 — In the Locker Room with Jerry LeVias Part 2

Jerry LeVias overcame both polio and racial segregation to star for SMU in the 1960s. He integrated the Southwest Conference as the first black scholarship athlete in Southwest Conference football history. He earned consensus All-American honors in 1968 before being drafted by the Houston Oilers. 

In this second part of a two-part series, Jerry shares the story of how his faith guided him through the ardent task of integrating Southwest Conference football. Jerry also tells us about how one of his greatest touchdowns taught him a valuable lesson. Listen to his stories of meeting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, leading the Mustangs to the Cotton Bowl as a sophomore, the leadership of SMU Head Coach Hayden Fry, and the magical plays that made Jerry LeVias one of college football's most sensational players of the 1960s. Also hear about his pro career and life after football.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast is presented by the Hampton Inn Waco North. Jackson Michael, author of "The Game Before the Money" hosts and produces the podcast. Please visit www.TSHOF.org for more information about the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

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February 5, 2019 @ 8:47 pm

Jerry LeVias Part 1 — In the Locker Room with Jerry LeVias Part 1

Jerry LeVias overcame both polio and racial segregation to star for SMU in the 1960s. He integrated the Southwest Conference as the first black scholarship athlete in Southwest Conference football history. He earned consensus All-American honors in 1968 before being drafted by the Houston Oilers. 

In this first episode of a two-part series, Jerry talks about growing up in Beaumont, Texas, his stellar high school football career, and how SMU coach Hayden Fry lured him to play for the Mustangs. Jerry and friend Bill Bradley (University of Texas, Philadelphia Eagles) remember the monumental 1965 Big 33 Classic, a high school all-star game that matched the best in Texas versus the best in Pennsylvania. The Texas team, coached by NFL legends Bobby Layne and Doak Walker, overpowered the Pennsylvanians led by future Notre Dame star Terry Hannratty.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast is presented by the Hampton Inn Waco North. Jackson Michael, author of "The Game Before the Money" hosts and produces the podcast. Please visit www.TSHOF.org for more information about the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

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December 21, 2018 @ 11:42 am

Raymond Berry — In the Locker Room with Raymond Berry

Texas Sports Hall of Fame member and NFL legend Raymond Berry shares stories from his life and career. Raymond discusses the details of playing with Johnny Unitas and in the legendary 1958 NFL Championship Game, and coaching the New England Patriots into Super Bowl 20. He also talks about growing up in Paris, Texas and playing college football at SMU with Forrest Gregg and Lamar Hunt.

Texas Sports Hall of Fame inductees Gil Brandt, Cotton Davidson, and Tony Franklin share memories of Raymond as a teammate, assistant coach, and head coach.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast is hosted by Jackson Michael (author of The Game before the Money and writer/director of We Were the Oilers: The Luv Ya Blue Era!). The podcast is presented by the Hampton Inn Waco North.

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November 15, 2018 @ 8:56 pm

Cliff Gustafson — In the Dugout with Cliff Gustafson

Cliff Gustafson coached the University of Texas baseball team from 1968 - 1996. He won national championships in 1975 and 1983. He coached many future major league stars including Burt Hooton, Roger Clemens, Greg Swindell, and Keith Moreland. Hear amazing stories from Texas Sports Hall of Famer Cliff Gustafson's life as well as the backstories to the national championships from him and featured guests Roger Clemens and Keith Moreland. Also hear from longtime Texas SID Bill Little, Austin-American Statesman writer Kirk Bohls, and assistant coach Jimmy Raup.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast is hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game Before the Money. The podcast is brought to you by the Hampton Inn Waco North.

 

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November 1, 2018 @ 9:19 am

Gene Stallings — In the Locker Room with Gene Stallings

Gene Stallings -- a Junction Boy and revered head coach. Stallings discusses his life and career. Hear his memories of playing and coaching under Bear Bryant, coaching Texas A&M to the Cotton Bowl, working as an assistant under Tom Landry with the Dallas Cowboys, and winning the national championship as head coach with Alabama.

Former players Cliff Harris and Tommy Maxwell also share stories, along with writer Mickey Herskowitz. Herskowitz shares the wonderful story of the "Texas Special." 

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast is presented by the Hampton Inn, Waco North. The podcast is hosted by Jackson Michael, author of The Game before the Money and writer/director of We Were the Oilers: The Luv Ya Blue Era.

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October 19, 2018 @ 9:16 am

Ken Houston — In the Locker Room with Ken Houston

Texas Sports Hall of Famer KEN HOUSTON discusses his life and storied NFL career with the Houston Oilers and Washington Redskins. Hear him share new stories about his famous play stopping Walt Garrison of the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, his growing up in Lufkin, TX, and how a college football practice nearly ended his career before it started. Also with commentary from Houston Chronicle writer John McClain.

The Texas Sports Hall of Fame podcast is hosted by author Jackson Michael. Presented by the Hampton Inn -- Waco North.

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