The Texas High School Football Hall of Fame announced its 2013 induction class earlier this week. It's another highly-successful group, which will be honored at a banquet May 4 at the Ferrell Center.
Tickets for that banquet are $45 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased by calling Tiffany Wilkins at (210) 290-8570 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's a more in-depth look at the Class of 2013:
1950s and before — Joe Boring, Dallas Sunset High School. Boring quarterbacked the 1950 state championship Sunset football team. Sunset beat Houston Reagan, 14-6, to cap a 9-2 season where they outscored their opponents 263-76. Sunset’s title was in the City classification that was used for larger schools by the UIL from 1948-1950. Boring later played at Texas A&M, where he switched to defense and made the All-SWC team as a safety in 1952. He also coached at W.T. White and Garland High Schools and served as a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.
1960s — Eddie Foster, Monahans High School. Cited by future HOF coach Doug Ethridge in 1968 as the best blocker he’d ever seen, the two-way star started for the Lobos’ 3A state semifinalist team as a sophomore, earned second-team all-state at center as a junior (while also playing defensive tackle), and was first-team all-state at end as a senior. He also made Texas Football’s preseason Super Team that year at center. The 6-4, 240-pound blue-chipper signed with Oklahoma, where he opened holes for Hall of Famer Joe Washington and earned all-Big 8 and all-America honors (Family Weekly, Walter Camp) at offensive tackle. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in 1974.
1970s — Donnie Little, Dickinson High School. Little took over a team that went 0-10 in Class 2A in 1975 and led it into the 3A playoffs in 1976 with a 10-0 record. A year later, the triple-threat quarterback guided the Gators to a 13-1 mark and the Class 3A state title, rushing for more than 200 yards in a 40-28 win over Brownwood in the championship game. Lightly recruited until his senior season, when he was named first-team all-state, Little signed with Texas and in 1979 became the first black quarterback ever to start for the Longhorns. In his two seasons as the starter, Texas posted 16 wins and went to two bowl games. He also led the Horns in receiving after moving to wideout as a senior in hopes of improving his NFL stock. But he went undrafted and signed with the Canadian Football League, where he played four seasons before a knee injury ended his career.
1980s — William Thomas, Amarillo Palo Duro High School. Thomas was ranked among the state’s top quarterback recruits after leading the Dons to an unbeaten regular season in 1986, and earned first-team all-state honors at defensive back as well. So it’s a testament to his versatility and athleticism that he spent the next 15 years as a star linebacker at Texas A&M and in the NFL. Selected by Philadelphia in the fourth round of the 1991 draft, he spent nine seasons with the Eagles and two more with Oakland, earning two Pro Bowl berths and a reputation as perhaps the best coverage linebacker of the decade. He ended his career with 37 sacks and 27 interceptions.
1990s — Wes Danaher, Corpus Christi Calallen High School. Danaher rewrote the Class 4A state record book in 1995, when he ran for a single-season record 3,569 yards, scored 46 TDs and led the Wildcats to the state semifinals for the third straight year. The two-time all-state running back also set all-class records for career 100-yard games (43), career 200-yard games (20), and single-season 200-yard games (12), as well as 4A marks for career rushing (8,855, behind only the legendary Kenneth Hall of Sugar Land in all classes), career TDs (114), single-season scoring (282) and career scoring (704). He signed with SMU and spent two seasons with the Mustangs before an injury ended his college career.
2000s — Graham Harrell, Ennis High School. After setting several records as quarterback at Ennis High School, Harrell attended Texas Tech where he proceeded to do the same. He passed Kliff Kingsbury for all-time passing yards at Tech with 12,709. In his final game (a 34-47 loss to Ole Miss in the 2009 Cotton Bowl), Harrell finished his college career with an NCAA all-time record of 124 passing touchdowns and equaled the record of 147 career touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving. He also became the first NCAA player to post multiple 5,000 yard passing seasons. He was not drafted by the NFL and played two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before being signed as backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers.
Coach — Sam Harrell Reagan County/Ennis High School. Having played and coached at Brownwood under Gordon Wood and at Plainview with Greg Sherwood, Harrell learned his craft from a pair of all-time greats. He began his head-coaching career at Reagan County, where he posted a 36-8 mark with three bi-district championships in four years before arriving in Ennis in 1994. In 16 years with the Lions, his teams were 146-46 with 13 straight years of playoff appearances (1996-2008) and Class 4A state championships in 2000, 2001 and 2004. Harrell is on the THSCA board of directors and served at THSCA president in 2009-10.
Special Category — Dr. J.P. Bramhall, Bryan/College Station Consolidated High Schools. A college baseball standout and team captain at Texas A&M, Bramhall completed medical school in 1985 and trained under noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., before opening his private practice in Bryan and College Station. He has been the team physician and orthopedic surgeon for Texas A&M athletics since 1991, and A&M’s director of sports medicine since 2001. He has also served as team physician for both Bryan and A&M Consolidated high schools. In addition, Bramhall in 1992 began his High School Sports Medicine Outreach Program, providing free Saturday morning injury clinics for athletes injured during football season at any of 26 school districts in the Brazos Valley.