HALL OF FAME



KELLI ARMSTRONG

VOLLEYBALL & SOCCER

Tyler Lee Class of 1997

HAYDEN MOORE

BASKETBALL & BASEBALL

John Tyler Class of 1959

RAY THOMPSON

FOOTBALL

Contributor (CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances)

MIKE OWENS

FOOTBALL

Tyler Lee Head Football Coach 1996-2010

DAVID WARREN

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL, TRACK

John Tyler Class of 1997

DOUG WYATT

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, & BASEBALL

John Tyler Class of 1965

1976 JOHN TYLER BASKETBALL TEAM

BASKETBALL

UIL State Finalists

1968 EMMETT SCOTT BASKETBALL TEAM

BASKETBALL

GARY BAXTER

FOOTBALL

John Tyler Class of 1997

JAMES (JIM) DAVIS

FOOTBALL & BASEBALL

Tyler High Class of 1956

GARY DON JOHNSON

FOOTBALL

John Tyler Class of 1975

MARIANNE JONES

BASKETBALL

Tyler Lee Head Girls Basketball Coach 1983-1998

BILLY LAWSON SR.

BASKETBALL

John Tyler Head Boys Basketball Coach 1978-1988

COREY MAYFIELD

FOOTBALL

Tyler Lee Class of 1988

LAURA WAITS

TENNIS

Tyler Lee Class of 1980

1967 & 1968 JOHN TYLER BASEBALL TEAMS

BASEBALL

MORGAN DENSON

CROSS COUNTRY, SWIM, & TRACK

Tyler Lee Class of 2002

CLAYTON STANLEY

TENNIS

Tyler Lee Class of 1993 1993 UIL 5A State Champion (Singles)

DR. KEN TALKINGTON

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, & BASEBALL

Tyler High Class of 1956

ROYCE FRANKLIN

BASKETBALL

John Tyler Head Basketball Coach

C.M. MARKS

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, & TRACK

Emmett Scott Head Coach

JOHN (MUTT) HELLER

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, & TRACK

Tyler High & John Tyler Class of 1959

D'ANGELO NEWSOME

TRACK

John Tyler Class of 1989

1959 ROBERT E. LEE GOLF STATE CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM

GOLF

The squad won the Class 3A State Championship in the second year of play at REL. Only Class 4A was higher. T.C. Hamilton won medalist honors with a 144. Other team members include Steve Nourse, Jerry Parker and Ronnie Rhone. This team began a tradition of golf excellence at Lee. The squad won the title at Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin.

MATT FLYNN

FOOTBALL

Robert E. Lee High School Class of 2003; Sport: Football. Flynn helped the Red Raiders become a powerhouse in the early 2000s by quarterbacking the squad deep into the playoffs. Despite playing with a broken foot, he led Lee to the Class 5A state semifinals his senior season. He was all-district and all-East Texas in 2002. After receiving more than 20 Division I football scholarship offers, he signed with LSU, lettering all four-years for the Tigers. He was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta, leading the Tigers to a 40-3 win over Miami. In his senior season, he led LSU to fourth-quarter comebacks against Auburn, Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Flynn led LSU to a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the 2007 BCS National Championship game in New Orleans, garnering Offensive MVP honors. He threw four TD passes against the Buckeyes. He was voted permanent captain of the national championship team. He was drafted in the seventh round by the Green Bay Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft. Flynn holds the Packers franchise record for TD passes in one game (6) combined with total passing yards in one game (486) for his performance on Jan. 1, 2012, a 45-41 win over the Detroit Lions. He also has a ring from the 2003 LSU national championship and one from the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl team of 2010. He is married to Lacey Minchew Flynn.

DR. THEODORE HENDERSON

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, & BASEBALL

Emmett Scott High School Class of 1960; Sport: Football, basketball, baseball. Dr. Henderson earned a total of 10 varsity letters as a Bulldog — three each in football and basketball and four in baseball. He played on nine district champions teams— two in football, three in basketball and four in baseball. He was captain on all the teams and received scholarship offers in both athletics and academics upon graduation. He was a three-year basketball player at Kansas State Teachers College, now Kansas State University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from K-State and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri. He has spent more than 50 years in education from elementary to graduate school professor. He was all-district at Emmett Scott in football, basketball and baseball.

WANDA HENDRICKS

GOLF

Tyler High School Class of 1956; Sport: golf. Hendrix was the first female athlete from Tyler High School to distinguish herself in a sport traditionally dominated by men. Hendrix was named 100 of the top women’s golfers by the Women’s Texas Golf Association, which was founded in 1916. She won the WTGA State Amateur Championships in 1972 and 1973. She advanced to the Women’s Intercollegiate semifinals in 1959, while also winning the Texas Publinx Championship (1960, 1961) and Louisiana State Championship (1963). Hendrix was a Harvey Penick disciple and was noted for chipping and putting. She currently teaches golf at Willow Brook Country Club.

ALFRED HUMPHRIES

FOOTBALL

John Tyler High School Class of 1971; Sport: football. Humphrey was a three-year varsity athlete when local high schools were just three years. He was the first African-American to receive a scholarship from John Tyler. He was also the first “big-time” recruit after integration. He was all-district and All-East Texas. Humphrey played from 1971-74 at The University of Tulsa where he was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer, earning first-team honors in 1973 and 1974. As a sophomore he was named the MVC Player of the Week for his role in Tulsa’s 28-26 upset of Louisville when he had 15 tackles and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. As a senior he was MVC Defensive Player of the Year and earned honorable mention All-America. He was drafted in the eighth round of the 1975 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

CARL LOVE

BASKETBALL

John Tyler High School basketball coach; Love had 521 wins, eight district titles, 13 playoff appearances and helped more than 100 student-athletes receive scholarships to colleges. Before JT, he coached at the Texas State Technical Institute in Waco. He guided his teams to the junior college playoffs five of the eight years he was there. It was a non-scholarship school. He coached 17 seasons at JT, winning more than 400 games.

LARRY JONES

BASKETBALL

Robert E. Lee High School basketball coach; Jones was a head basketball coach for 28 years, including 21 as head coach at Lee. He has an overall record of 541-316 and a mark of 383-248 at Lee. Jones led Lee to six playoff appearances including a district title. He was two-time Coach of the Year at REL. He was also Teacher of the Year at Lee. Jones was noted for teaching confidence, trust, commitment, servanthood and family values to his players. Jones was drafted out of high school by the Cincinnati Reds but chose to play baseball at Odessa College and then SMU. He was an All-Southwest Conference second baseman while playing for the Mustangs.

JULI COLLINS

SOCCER

Robert E. Lee High School Class of 1998; Sport: soccer. Murphy Collins was a four-year starter and captain for the Lady Raiders. She was Newcomer of the Year as a freshman, and four-time first-team all-district as well as league MVP two years. She was also second-team all-state her junior year. She was voted “Most Athletic Girl” her senior year by the student body. After high school, she received a scholarship to the University of Houston. She remains the only player in the history of UH soccer who started every game during her four-year career. Murphy Collins was captain and defensive MVP her junior and senior seasons. She is a human resource manager in the D/FW region for RaceTrac. She is married to Stephen Collins and has two daughters. She plans to compete in the New York City Marathon in November.

WILLIAM (TRAVIS) WALLACE

BASKETBALL & BASEBALL

Emmett Scott High School Class of 1960; Sports: basketball, baseball. Wallace earned four letters in basketball and three in baseball, leading the Bulldogs to four district championships and played in four interscholastic league tournaments, reaching the semifinals each year. The Bulldogs were unbeaten in league games during the four years. He was all-state in both basketball and baseball. He received a basketball scholarship to Kansas State Teachers College, now Emporia State University. At Kansas State Teachers College, he was a four-year letterman and was selected to the 1964 Olympic trials. He made the top 17, but only 12 players made the trip to the Tokyo Summer Olympics. After graduation, he was drafted into the Army and was an infantry man in Vietnam. He is a member of the Emporia State Hall of Fame.

WILLIE CAMPBELL

FOOTBALL

Emmett Scott Class of 1965; Sport: Football. Campbell, the older brother of Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell, played defensive lineman for the Bulldogs. He was captain and all-district. Campbell is a spokesman for Austin-based TMF Health Quality Institute’s diabetes education initiative, along with his brother, Earl Campbell. He also speaks at classes at Northeast Texas Health District’s Center for Healthy Living where he tells people about healthy choices, letting others know about their condition and keeping a diabetic bracelet or necklace. Younger brother Earl has always stated Willie was the best athlete in the Campbell family.

BOB FAULKNER

CONTRIBUTOR

The Tyler philanthropist has worked with the John Tyler tennis coaches and players for more than 30 years. He travels with the team to all events, lending his experience and his resources whenever possible. He annually donates scholarships for every JT tennis player. Faulkner helped establish tennis in Tyler and East Texas. He also donated parks in Tyler and Lindale. His daughter’s doubles team at Lee was the first Tyler tennis squad to earn a state tennis berth in 1976.

DANNY PALMER

FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL, BASEBALL

JT Class of 1967. Sports: Football, Basketball, Baseball. Played quarterback for three years for Johnny Stidger at John Tyler. Lettered all three years in three sports at John Tyler. He was named to the all-state baseball team in 1967 and was coached by the late Dr. Billy Jack Doggett. Helped lead the Lions to the state baseball tournament. Started two years at quarterback for the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his masters from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Has been a high school and college football coach for more than 40 years. Currently in his ninth season as Tyler Junior College head coach.

EDWILL ROLLINS II

FOOTBALL, TRACK

Robert E. Lee Class of 1973; Sports: Football, Track & Field. was one of the first outstanding black athletes at Robert E. Lee High School. In 1970, the first year of integration in the Tyler ISD, he played wide receiver on the football team and ran track for coach Larry Wilson who called Rollins “Super Rookie.” Rollins won the 1971 Class 4A (highest level at the time) 440-yard dash at the UIL State Track & Field in Austin. He ran to a time of 48.2 to win the gold medal as a sophomore. The speedster came up with the big plays in the 1971 football meeting between Robert E. Lee and John Tyler. In the 1971, Rollins made a leaping catch of a 44-yard bomb from Brad Harvey with 23 seconds remaining and scored from 4-yards out on the next play to lift the Rebels to a 20-14 win over the Lions before 13,000 fans at Rose Stadium. He had earlier scored on a 65-yard run.

HARRY SHUFORD

FOOTBALL

Tyler High Class of 1932; Sport: Football. Shuford played on the 1930 Tyler High School state football championship team and later was an All-American on the 1935 SMU national championship squad. He helped lead the Lions to the state championship, the first for an upper East Texas school. The Lions defeated Amarillo 25-13 in Fort Worth in the championship. After graduating from Tyler High, he attended Southern Methodist University. While at the Hilltop, he was a two-time All-American and tri-captain of the Mustangs' national championship team in 1935. The Mustangs played Stanford in the 1936 Rose Bowl, falling 7-0 but the Ponies still won the national title. He was an All-America fullback in 1934 and 1935, but later became known as the boyhood idol of Doak Walker, who won the 1948 Heisman Trophy while playing for SMU. After receiving his degree from SMU, Mr. Shuford was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles, but chose to attend law school at SMU, where he graduated first in his class in 1939. He went on to a prominent career in law and banking. He was later a briefing clerk to the Texas Supreme Court and served as an assistant attorney general for the state of Texas as well as general counsel for Dr Pepper. After switching careers to banking, he was the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and the chairman of the board of First National Bank of Dallas. He Shuford was the president of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. Other civic organizations he was involved in were Salvation Army, United Fund, and St. Paul Hospital. He was chairman of Hillcrest Foundation as well as being a trustee of Southern Methodist University. He also served in the Navy during World War II.

TODD BRICKER

SWIMMING

Robert E. Lee High School, Class of 1992

FRED COLEMAN

FOOTBALL

Robert E. Lee, Class of 1993

JANA CROSBY RUSSELL

BASKETBALL

Robert E. Lee, Class of 1986

A'QUONESIA FRANKLIN

BASKETBALL

John Tyler High School, Class of 2004

DICK HIGHTOWER

FOOTBALL

Tyler High School, Class of 1948

RONNIE LEE

FOOTBALL

John Tyler High School, Class of 1975

ALAN SHUMATE

CONTRIBUTOR

Public Address Announcer for Robert E. Lee Football and Basketball

JOHNNY "RED" STIDGER

FOOTBALL, BASEBALL, GOLF

John Tyler High School, Coach

1930 TYLER HIGH SCHOOL STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

FOOTBALL

1994 JOHN TYLER STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

FOOTBALL

2004 ROBERT E. LEE STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS

FOOTBALL

EARL CAMPBELL

FOOTBALL

John Tyler High School, Class of 1973; Earl Campbell became the first Texas Longhorn to win the Heisman after leading his team to an undefeated regular season in 1977. The famed “Tyler Rose”, will always have a special place in The University of Texas and state of Texas football history. Born March 29, 1955, in Tyler, Campbell was the fifth of 11 children raised by Ann Campbell. Two of his six brothers, Tim and Steve, joined him as Longhorns. Campbell was an instant success at Texas, starting at fullback in the Longhorns “Wishbone” attack and rushing for 928 yards and six touchdowns as a freshman in 1974. He claimed the first of his three consensus All-SWC honors that year. As a sophomore, Campbell ran for 1,118 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning his first of two consensus All-America awards. He helped lead Texas to a 10-2 record that year and UT finished the year ranked sixth nationally in the final Associated Press poll. Injuries dampened the glitter on Campbell’s career in 1976, as he missed four games with a pulled hamstring and the Longhorns struggled to a 5-5-1 mark. Campbell, playing on a strained hamstring much of the time, posted a career-low 653 rushing yards and three touchdowns. But Campbell galloped into UT football history with his Heisman Trophy-winning 1977 season. He rushed for 1,744 yards (a Southwest Conference record that stood for 16 years) and 19 touchdowns and led the nation in rushing and scoring. The Longhorns held the nation’s top spot for most of the regular season and went on to finish 11-0 before falling to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Texas finished the year ranked No. 4 nationally in the final Associated Press poll. He finished his brilliant career with a then-Longhorns record 4,443 yards and 41 touchdowns. After his star-studded collegiate career, Campbell took his talents to the National Football League. Selected No. 1 overall by the Houston Oilers in the 1978 NFL Draft, he quickly made a name for himself. As a rookie, Campbell claimed virtually every award possible including Rookie of the Year, MVP and Offensive Player of the Year. The former Longhorn led the NFL in rushing again in 1979 with 1,697 yards and garnered his second consecutive league MVP and Offensive Player of the Year award. He wound up his playing career with New Orleans before retiring in 1985. Campbell is now a prominent businessman residing in Austin, Texas and still actively participates in Texas athletics. He currently serves as President of Earl Campbell Meat Products, Inc. which manufactures and sells Earl Campbell’s Smoked Sausage and other food products and barbecue sauce.

ALLEN WILSON

FOOTBALL

John Tyler High School, Head Football Coach

KRISTEE PORTER

VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, & TRACK

John Tyler High School, Class of 1998

DAYNA REED WESTBROOK

BASKETBALL

Robert E. Lee High School, Class of 1987

ROBERT TAYLOR

TRACK

Emmett Scott High School, Class of 1968

AARON ROSSS

FOOTBALL

John Tyler High School, Class of 2000

CHARLES MILSTEAD

FOOTBALL

Tyler High School, Class of 1955

DANIEL HERNANDEZ

SOCCER

John Tyler High School, Class of 1994

BILLY HALL

BASKETBALL/ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Tyler High School, Class of 1956, Robert E. Lee High School Coach & Principal

CLIFFORD GREGORY

FOOTBALL

Tyler High School, Class of 1930

MIKE CARTER

BASEBALL

John Tyler High School, Class of 1968

1973 JOHN TYLER FOOTBALL TEAM

FOOTBALL

MELVIN WAITS

FOOTBALL & TRACK

Emmett Scott/Tyler Lee Class of 1971

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