Texas Sports Hall of Fame Calls A&M All-American Ray Childress

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WACO -- Two-time Texas A&M All-American Ray Childress will be inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the TSHOF induction committee announced Wednesday.

Childress, originally from Pearce High School in Dallas, Texas, was a four-year starter for the Aggies from 1981-84 and earned All-America honors as a junior and senior. The imposing Childress remains the school record holder for career tackles by a defensive lineman with 360 stops. Childress posted 25 quarterback sacks during his career, which ranks No. 5 in school history, and his single game (4) and season (15) sack totals are tied for No. 2 in the Aggie record book.

Childress was the first-round draft pick of the Houston Oilers in 1985 and played 12 seasons in the NFL. The No. 2 sacker in Oilers history, Childress played in five NFL Pro Bowls and was named to the All-NFL team three times.


Leta Andrews Image courtesy of Mary Vinson / Hood County News High School girls basketball coach since 1962, currently coaches at Granbury HS (since 1976). On December 9, 2005 Andrews won her 1,218th game to break Charleston, TN coach Jim Smiddy’s record as the winningest girls high school coach in the nation. Andrews has a 1,256-263 record in 44 seasons - still coaching. Taken teams to 16 state Final Fours. Average 28 wins per season with 83% winning percentage. Member of the TX High School Basketball HOF. Coached 2006 McDonald’s H.S. All-America Game. Note* All stats are thru 2006-07 season.

Ray Childress All State and All-America at Richardson Pearce HS. Two time All-America at Texas A&M (1981-84) had 360 tackles, 26 sacks and nine fumble recoveries. Two time All-America defensive lineman. Currently fifth in all-time tackles and sacks at A&M. Member of A&M All-Time team in 1999 by 12th Man Magazine. Houston Oilers defensive tackle from 1985-1995. Voted to play in five Pro Bowls. Finished career 2nd on sack list in Oiler’s history and 6th on the all-time tackle list. Had 13 career multi-sack games.

Spike Dykes Lubbock, TX native. Coached at Texas Tech from 1987-1999. Retired as winningest football coach in Texas Tech history. Led Tech to six bowl games including four consecutive years. Coached six-straight All-America players. 3 time SWC Coach of the Year. His teams set 78 individual or team records at Tech. 1st ever Big 12 Coach of the Year. Coached football 41 years, 17 in high school ranks.

Abner Haynes Helped break the color barrier at North Texas State in 1956 when he had 1,864 career rushing yards & 25 TDs. 1960 Rookie of the Year with Dallas Texans in the AFL – that season led league in rushing with 875 yards and averaged 15.4 yards in punt returns. Set AFL records for TDs in a game (5), TDs in a season (19) and career TDs (46). In eight seasons had 4,630 career rushing yards & 12,065 combined total yards. Dallas Texans (1960-63), Kansas City Chiefs (1963-64), Denver Broncos (1965-66), Miami Dolphins (1967) & New York Jets (1967).

Michael Irvin Dallas Cowboys WR 1988-99. “The Playmaker” was the team leader who led the Cowboys to six division titles and three Super Bowl victories. Irvin had 750 career receptions (currently tied for 18th all-time, 10th at retirement), 11,904 career yards (currently ranks 14th all-time and was 9th all-time at retirement) and 65 career touchdowns. Cowboys all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards, playoff receptions (87) and playoff yards (1,315). Voted to five Pro Bowls (two more than any other WR in club history) 2005 Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor. 2007 selected to Pro Football HOF.

Mike Modano Livonia, Michigan native. 17 seasons with the Dallas Stars franchise, 1989-90-present. Helped Dallas win the Stanley Cup in 1999. Six time NHL All-Star. Dallas’ all-time leader in goals (507), points (1,226), assists (719) and game winning goals (82). Member of US Olympic Hockey silver medalist team in 2002. Named Stars team captain in 2003. March 17, 2007 scored record 503rd goal – most ever by an American player. 1st Rd. 1st pick of MN Northstars in 1988.

Gregg Popovich Led the San Antonio Spurs to four NBA titles in nine seasons. Has 576-276 record in 11 seasons as Spurs head coach including a 92-51 record in the playoffs. Won 2003 NBA Coach of the Year Award. Master motivator and architect of Texas’ most successful NBA franchise. Spurs all-time leader in regular season and playoff wins. Also served as Spurs’ General Manager from 1994-2002. In 2006 became the fourth fastest coach in NBA history to win 500 games. That season he also led the Spurs to a new franchise record with 63 wins. Popovich has also served as an asst. coach on the 2002 U.S. World Basketball Championship team, 2003 FIBA team and the 2004 Olympic Team.

Jim Ray Smith Four sport star at West Columbia HS in Texas. Two-time All-SWC and All-America guard at Baylor (1953 1954) Played in 1955 College All-Star Game. Played guard for Cleveland Browns 1956-62. Browns led league in rushing in 1958 & 1959. Selected to five Pro Bowls. Ended career with Dallas Cowboys (1962-64). College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.