Lonestar Conf. Announces 75 Greatest

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 United States, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a tribute to the outstanding teams and great sports personalities. An NCAA Division II conference with 15 member institutions in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas, the LSC was founded on April 25, 1931. The 1931-32 athletic seasons were the first for the league.


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 East Texas State (now Texas A&M-Commerce) to the NAIA title in 1972.  He went on to be a four-time Pro Bowl selection and start in three Super Bowls, winning in 1978 and losing in 1976 and 1979 for the Dallas Cowboys.  Martin is one of five defensive players to win the Super Bowl MVP award.


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.


Montgomery left ACU as its all-time leading rusher after leading the Wildcats to the 1973 national title.  He set a collegiate record with 70 touchdowns in his career before playing in the NFL.  In eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, he set seven team rushing records, received two Pro Bowl invitations and led the NFL with 2,012 all-purpose yards in 1979.


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     Oklahoma City, Okla.


Alfredo Avila              Sul Ross                       DB


Johnny Bailey           Texas A&I                      RB      1986-89     Houston, Texas/Jones


Autry Beamon           East Texas State         S         1971-73     Kaufman, Texas/Kaufman HS 


Drew Beard              Southeastern Oklahoma       QB              2001-04     Rush Springs, Okla.


Stan Blinka               Sam Houston State    LB       1975-78


Phillip Boggs            Midwestern State         QB      1999-2003    Hallsville, Texas


Carlton Booe            Northeastern State      RB      1998-1999


J.W. Boren                Tarleton State               K         1999-02     Stephenville, Texas


Stan Carraway         West Texas A&M          WR     1985-86     Carson Calif.


Rodney Cason         Angelo State                 OL       1968-71


Ned Cox                    Angelo State                    QB   1983-86


Larry Collins                 Texas A&I                              RB              1974-77     San Antonio, Texas /Edison


Romar Crenshaw   Southeastern Oklahoma       WR             2000-2003                Broken Bow, Okla.


Pence Dacus           Texas State                   QB      1951-53


Karl Douglas            Texas A&I                      QB      1967-70     Houston, Texas/Worthing


Grant Feasel            Abilene Christian         OL       1979-82


John Fitzgerald        Central Oklahoma       OL       1997-00     Oklahoma City, Okla.


Charlie Franklin       Angelo State                 RB       1971-74


Cyril Friday                Texas State                   LB       1980-83     Austin, Texas/LBJ HS


Gonzalo Garcia        Texas State                   OG      1947-49


Roberto Garza         Texas A&M-Kingsville OL       1997-2000    Rio Hondo, Texas /Rio Hondo


Jim Gray                    East Texas State         QB      1951-53


Darrell Green           Texas A&I                      DB      1978, 1980-82             Houston, Texas/Jones


Andy Hawkins          Texas A&I                      LB       1976-79     Van Vleck, Texas/Van Vleck


David Hill                   Texas A&I                      TE       1972-75     San Antonio, Texas/Highlands


Pierce Holt                Angelo State                 DT       1984-87    Marlin, Texas


Arthur James            East Texas State         RB      1967-69     Texarkana, Texas/Dunbar HS


Randy Johnson       Texas A&I                      QB      1962-65     San Antonio, Texas


Steve Kelly                Tarleton State               QB      1999-01     Burleson, Texas


Rex Lamberti            Abilene Christian         QB      1984-86, 1993


Clint Longley            Abilene Christian         QB      1971-73     Wichita Falls, Texas


Clay Lowry                Sam Houston State    WR     1976-79


Johnny Luter             Central Oklahoma       LB       1994-98     Lawton, Okla.


Danieal Manning     Abilene Christian         DB      2003-05     Corsicana, Texas


Harvey Martin            East Texas State         DE      1969-72     Dallas/South Oak Cliff HS


Kevin Mathis             East Texas State         CB      1993-96     Gainesville, Texas


Jermane Mayberry   Texas A&M-Kingsville OL       1993-95     Floresville, Texas /Floresville


Todd Mayfield           West Texas A&M          QB      1984-86     Panhandle, Texas


Sam McCord            East Texas State         QB      1957-59     Gainesville, Texas/Gainesville HS


Dustin McNeal         Central Oklahoma       OL       1994-97     Owasso, Okla.


Mike Miller                 Texas State                   QB      1978-81     La Grange, Texas


Cle Montgomery      Abilene Christian         WR     1974-77


Wilbert Montgomery                                        Abilene Christian RB              1973-76 Greenville, Miss.


Mark Moseley           Stephen F. Austin        K         1967-69     Lanesville, Texas


Dwayne Nix               Texas A&I                      TE       1965-68     Kingsville/H.M. King


Johnny Perkins        Abilene Christian         WR     1974-76


John Randle             Texas A&I                      DE      1988-89     Hearne, Texas /Hearne


John Reese              Texas State                   OT       1960-63     Freer, Texas


Dominic Rhodes     Midwestern State         RB      1999-2000    Abilene, Texas


Richard Ritchie        Texas A&I                      QB      1973-76  Mineral Wells, Texas /Mineral Wells


Derrick Ross            Tarleton State               RB      2004-05     Huntsville, Texas


Ken Sanders            Howard Payne             DL


Heath Sherman       Texas A&I                      RB      1985-88     El Campo, Texas /El Campo


Michael Sinclair       Eastern New Mexico   DL       1986-1990    Galveston, Texas


Chuck Sitton             Abilene Christian         DB      1974-77


Greg Stokes             Angelo State                 DL       1992-95


Aundra Thompson  East Texas State         RB      1972-75     Richardson, Texas


Keith Traylor             Central Oklahoma       LB       1989-90     Malvern, Ark.


Darrell Tulley            East Texas State         RB      1936-38


Gene Upshaw          Texas A&I                      OL       1963-67     Robstown, Texas /Robstown


Mike Walton              Eastern New Mexico   LB       1996-1999    Portales, NM


Clayton Weishuhn   Angelo State                 LB       1978-81


Dwight White            East Texas State         DE      1968-71


Wade Wilson            East Texas State         QB      1977-80     Greenville, Texas


Wally Bullington       Abilene Christian         Coach                    1968-76


Ron Harms               Texas A&I                      Coach                    1974-75, 1979-99  Houston, Texas /Lutheran


Ernest Hawkins       East Texas State         Coach                    1964-85


Gary Howard            Central Oklahoma       Coach                    1977-02     Tulsa, Okla.


Bill Miller                    Texas State                   Coach                    1964-78


J.V. "Siki" Sikes        East Texas State         Coach                    1954-63


M.A. "Catfish" Smith                                        East Texas State     Coach    1951-53


Gil Steinke                Texas A&I                      Coach                    1954-76     Ganado/Ganado


Jim Wacker               Texas State                   Coach                    1979-82


Jerry Vandergriff       Angelo State                 Coach                    1982-2004




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