Smith set to enter Texas Sports Hall
WACO, Texas -
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith has been named as an inductee into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame - again.
Smith initially was to have been inducted into the 2003 class, but he declined because of a commitment to attend his daughter's music recital. Hall of Fame rules require honorees to attend the induction ceremony.
In addition to Smith, those chosen by the selection committee for induction on Feb. 15 are former Oakland Raider receiver Tim Brown; former Texas A&M football coach R.C. Slocum; Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido; 1990 Wimbledon runner-up Zina Garrison; Olympics gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi; longtime baseball player, coach and manager Bobby Bragan; and former Odessa Junior College track coach Jack Segrest.
Smith, who was inducted into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor along with former teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin in September, ran for 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns in his career, both NFL records. He spent 13 of his 15 seasons with the Cowboys and played the other two with the Arizona Cardinals.
Brown, the Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame in 1987, spent his first 16 seasons with the Raiders in Los Angeles and Oakland. He played one season with Tampa Bay before retiring in July as a Raider. He had 1,094 receptions for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns.
Slocum had a 123-47-2 record with the Aggies from 1989 to 2002. The team won the Big 12 title in 1998 and also won three Southwest Conference titles.
Garrido, whose Longhorns won the College World Series this year, has 1,542 victories and five national championships. He was the first coach to win national titles at two schools - Cal State-Fullerton and Texas.
Garrison played professional tennis from 1982 to 1983. She won a gold medal in doubles and a bronze medal in singles in the 1988 Olympics.
The Karolyis have served as team coordinators for the 2000 and 2004 U.S. Olympic teams. Bela Karolyi coached Olympic champion Mary Lou Retton.
Bragan was president of the Texas League from 1969 to 1975. On Aug. 15, he became the oldest manager in baseball history when he suited up for the Fort Worth Cats to break a record that had been held by Connie Mack.
Segrest was a member of the 440-yard and 880-yard relay teams at Abilene Christian that set five world records. His teams won 11 national junior college titles.