SMU Alum Jerry Levias To Be Inducted To Texas High School Football Hall Of Fame
Feb. 18, 2014
WACO, Texas - SMU legend Jerry Levias is among eight individuals who will be inducted to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame as part of its 2014 class, the TSHOF announced today.
Levias holds a special place as a pioneer in the history of college athletics. When he entered SMU in 1965, he became the first African-American to receive an athletic scholarship in the Southwest Conference. His signing with SMU forever changed the racial makeup of college football in the South. Levias made both athletic and academic All-American football teams and led the Mustangs to their first conference title in 18 years.
After earning his B.S. degree from SMU in 1969, Levias played professional football for the Houston Oilers and San Diego Chargers. He has received numerous honors and awards recognizing his achievements during a distinguished football career. They include the SMU Hall of Fame, Texas Sports Hall of Fame, African-American Hall of Fame, National College Football Hall of Fame, and All-American Alumni Award of the Football Writers Association of America. He also is a recipient of the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award. He was a National Football League All-Pro, and the 1969 Runner-up in the NFL Rookie of the Year contest. In 1969, he was the Southwest Conference's Most Valuable Player. He was named to the All Southwest Conference Team three years in a row. He was a 4-time recipient of the NFL's Most Valuable Player of the Week award. He was named the Most Valuable Player in the All-American Bowl and in the Senior Bowl. During his career, he set numerous records, including receptions in a game (15 vs. Ohio State), season (80), career (155), yards in a season (1,131), career (2,275), and career touchdown receptions (22). Jerry was a first team All-SWC selection and held most of the league's receiving records for nearly two decades. He emerged as one of the greatest receivers of his day.
Members of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame are selected by a statewide committee made up of sportswriters, high school football coaches and members of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees.
The class will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on May 3 at 6 p.m. at Baylor University's Ferrell Center. Tickets cost $45 for adults and $15 for students. To order tickets, contact Tiffany Wilkins at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 290-8570.