In Thursday's Names and Faces segment, News Three took a closer look at Judge Randy Sims. He serves as the Brazos County Judge, is a born athlete and is married to News Three's own Brenda Sims.
"Second date I had with her, I asked her to marry me, so I did know that she was it," Judge Randy Sims said.
Brenda said that she was surprised that Randy proposed so soon after their first date. He bought her bag of potato chips for dinner, but she says liked him and knew he was the one. They'll mark their 50 year anniversary this May.
Before their romance, Randy was an avid sportsman and loved the game of baseball.
"I had a great time growing up - as a matter of fact, I loved baseball and I loved football," Sims said. "I lived right across the street from one of the best second baseman that ever played pro baseball and that's Solly Hemus. We'd always flip to see who would go over and ask Solly Hemus if he'd come play with us and I'm going to tell you what, that man was so nice that he would get up and say, give me about 15 to 20 minutes so I can bathe and shave, brush my teeth and I'll be over there. Every time we asked him, he had no problem coming over and showing us how was the right way to do what we wanted to do."
Even though Randy could have gone on to play professional baseball, he chose to get an education instead and it was a football scholarship and one very well known coach that brought him to Texas A&M.
"I had a call one day, my dad said Coach Bryant called and I said who, coach who? I knew who he was, but why was he calling me? So, anyway I said okay and so I called him back and he said, 'We want you to come up and see A&M,' just like they do now, bring kids in and show them around and said 'We'd like for you to sign with us.' I was a receiver, running back and I was a place kicker and so I came up, looked at it and visited with him and signed a scholarship with him."
One of the best memories of playing for the Aggies is one very special moment on the field.
"Right before halftime and we were playing Texas out at Kyle Field and all of a sudden, here comes a holder for place kicks and I said, 'What are you doing out here?' I was 52 yards away from the uprights, I looked over at Jim Meyers who had replaced Coach Bryant and I looked over at him and I said, I looked at him and I mouthed, 'What are we doing?' They sent the holder out, he put it down and I kicked a 52 yard field goal that day. At the time, it was the record in the Southwest Conference."
When Brenda met Randy she said she had no idea that he was going to end up as Brazos County Judge.
As you can see, Randy has had a wonderful life. And while most people recognize him today as County Judge, Brenda says there's so much more to him.
Brenda says it's Randy's life as a public servant that fills him with joy and her with pride.
"I think it's exceptional that an old football player from Texas A&M University can become county judge and with the commissioners court, set the tone for what county government does."
One more thing about Randy, he's a great cook and for many years the Sims' owned and operated a restaurant, called Randy Sims Barbecue, and many of you may have eaten there.
It carried the recipes from Brenda's dad, Red Bryan and brother, Sonny Bryan's barbeque.
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