The football season is approaching fast, and Texas fans are getting excited. Counting today, there are 9 days until the start of the football season. To help celebrate, we’re counting down five things every day until the start of the season.
We’ve been all over the state with just two stops to go: Dallas and the trees of East Texas. Today, we’re heading to, play the theme song J.R., Dallas.
Lots of players have come from the Dallas part of the Metroplex. We split Dallas and Fort Worth up so we could drop more names on a list. Dallas’ top five has three College Football Hall of Famers, a bunch of All-Americans and a Thorpe winner.
Here are five Longhorns from the Dallas area to remember:
5. Justin Blalock, Plano East High School
Blalock was an All-American in 2005 and 2006 and was the Big 12’s top offensive lineman in 2006. He was a four-time All-Big 12 selection and before Texas was a USA Today High School All-American in 2001. Blalock opened holes for Cedric Benson, Vince Young, Colt McCoy and Jamaal Charles. The right tackle was on the national championship team, was a team captain his senior season and was a second round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2007.
4. Michael Huff, Irving Nimitz High School
Huff won the Jim Thorpe Award in 2005, the same year he was a unanimous All-American. He was first team All-Big 12 in 2004 and 2005. He used his career at Texas to leverage the No. 7 pick in 2006 (going to Oakland), a few months after helping Texas to the national title. Huff, who was a second-team All-Pro with the Raiders in 2010, is also famous for stuffing Lendale White in the 2005 Rose Bowl that helped set up the game-winning touchdown. He entered the Texas Hall of Honor last fall.
Huff now does this for the Longhorn network:
3. Malcolm “Mal” Kutner, Woodrow Wilson High School
All-American, All-Southwest Conference and a World War II veteran, Mal Kutner is in the College Football Hall of Fame after playing at Texas from 1939-1941. Kutner was inducted into the hall in 1974 and helped Texas to an 8-2 record in 1940. In 1941, with Kutner playing end, tackle and halfback, Texas went 8-1-1. He entered the NFL following his service and was the 1946 NFL Rookie of the Year and the 1948 NFL MVP.
2. Doug English, Dallas Bryan Adams High School
An All-Southwest Conference selection in 1973 and 1974 and an All-American in 1974, English is a College Football Hall of Famer and Texas High School Football Hall of Famer. The defensive lineman played in four Pro Bowls in his NFL career and is a member of the Detroit Lions Hall of Fame. At Bryan Adams High School he played on offense and defense.
1. Bobby Layne, Highland Park High School
All we can say about Bobby Layne is that he’s the No. 1 player on this list: Six Longhorns in a hall of fame. NFL, College Football and Texas High School Football hall of famer.
Also, Bobby Layne has power beyond football (the crazy Matthew Stafford-Layne similarities are “pretty strange”).