Oct. 19, 2006
From Lone Star Conference
RICHARDSON, Texas (www.lonestarconference.org)-- The top 75 football players and coaches from the Lone Star Conference's first 75 years have been honored in a listing announced by league officials Wednesday as part of a year-long anniversary celebration.
The LSC, known to be the oldest collegiate athletic conference in the southwestern
The Top 75 listing is an impressive compilation of well-known names throughout both college and professional football, with eight of the selections - Johnny Bailey, Rodney Cason, Darrell Green, Pierce Holt, Wilbert Montgomery, Dwayne Nix, Richard Ritchie and Gil Steinke - having been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
At least six of the former LSC players on the list have gone on to win Super Bowl rings, including an amazing four rings by former Steeler Dwight White and three by former Bronco and Patriot Keith Traylor.
Twenty-nine members of the list participated during the LSC's famed 11-year national championship run in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). In 11 years from 1969 to 1979, LSC teams won 10 NAIA National Championships. Some of the greats from that era who made the list are Darrell Green, Harvey Martin, Dwight White, Wilbert Montgomery and Clint Longley, plus coaches Gil Steinke and Jim Wacker.
Green left his mark in the LSC during the 70's as a standout at A&I. The former seven-time All-Pro defensive back for the Washington Redskins played in three Super Bowls, winning in 1988 and 1992. He was also tabbed the World's Fastest Athlete in 1991.
Martin was named to three All-America teams when he helped
White, an All-American defensive end at ETSU, played in four Super Bowls and won four Super Bowl rings as a member of the famed Pittsburgh Steelers "Steel Curtain" defense. He was also named to the Pro Bowl in 1973 and 1974.
Longley, a standout at ACU, led the Wildcats to the 1973 NAIA national championship. He went on to play in the NFL for three years. Longley was with the Cowboys for two seasons, including the 1976 Super Bowl team.
Steinke, the longtime Texas A&I head coach, finished his 22-year career with a record of 182-61-4, while Southwest Texas (now Texas State) head coach Jim Wacker led the Bobcats to 42-8 record which included three LSC titles and a pair of NCAA Division II national championships in his four years at the helm.
Gene Upshaw, a former Javelina offensive lineman, is another notable name on the list. He is the Executive Director of the NFL Players Association, after a successful 16-year pro career as a player. He appeared in six Pro Bowls and was named Lineman of the Year in the AFC in 1973 and 1974. In 1977, he was voted top lineman in the NFL. Upshaw is the only player in NFL history to play in three Super Bowls in three different decades - in the 60's, 70's and 80's.
Another TAMUK lineman on the list is Jermane Mayberry, a first round draft choice of the Eagles who was All-Pro in 2002 and played in the 2005 Super Bowl. The former Javelina standout is currently with the New Orleans Saints.
Holt, a three-time All-American for ASU, played for the 49ers in Super Bowls in 1989 and 1990, winning both. He was also a Pro Bowl pick in 1992.
Two players who made the LSC's Top 75 list are both current starters for the NFL's hottest team this year as Danieal Manning and Roberto Garza are both enjoying key roles for the undefeated Chicago Bears after playing collegiately for ACU and TAMUK, respectively.
Below is the list of all 75 players and coaches in alphabetical order followed by a listing with biographical information:
Name School Pos. Years Hometown
Joe Aska Central Oklahoma RB 1993-94
Drew Beard Southeastern Oklahoma QB 2001-04
Stan Blinka Sam
Phillip Boggs Midwestern State QB 1999-2003 Hallsville,
J.W. Boren Tarleton State K 1999-02
Stan Carraway West Texas A&M WR 1985-86
Rodney Cason Angelo State OL 1968-71
Ned Cox Angelo State QB 1983-86
Romar Crenshaw Southeastern Oklahoma WR 2000-2003 Broken Bow,
John Fitzgerald Central Oklahoma OL 1997-00
Jim Gray East
Pierce Holt Angelo State DT 1984-87 Marlin,
Arthur James East
Steve Kelly Tarleton State QB 1999-01
Johnny Luter Central Oklahoma LB 1994-98
Harvey Martin East
Kevin Mathis East
Todd Mayfield West Texas A&M QB 1984-86 Panhandle,
Sam McCord East
Dustin McNeal Central Oklahoma OL 1994-97
Mark Moseley Stephen F. Austin K 1967-69
Dominic Rhodes Midwestern State RB 1999-2000 Abilene,
Derrick Ross Tarleton State RB 2004-05
Ken Sanders Howard Payne DL
Michael Sinclair Eastern New Mexico DL 1986-1990 Galveston,
Greg Stokes Angelo State DL 1992-95
Aundra Thompson East
Keith Traylor Central Oklahoma LB 1989-90
Darrell Tulley East
Clayton Weishuhn Angelo State LB 1978-81
Wade Wilson East
Gary Howard Central
J.V. "Siki" Sikes
M.A. "Catfish" Smith