In high school, I planned to attend Texas A&M University and be in the Corps of Cadets because of the Aggie Traditions. Imagine my surprise when I was offered a football scholarship to Texas A&M University. I played on good teams in high school but never thought about playing in college. I got a football scholarship because there was no limit then on the number of football scholarships given by major universities and black players were not then being recruited.
I was fortunate to play on a team that had outstanding players. What was especially memorable about that season was having a won-loss record of 0-4 after the first four games and winning the fifth game as time expired. We won the next five to finish with a record of 6-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference. We won the Southwest Conference Football Championship and beat a highly-rated Alabama team under Coach Bear Bryant in the Cotton Bowl.
It was a thrill to have represented Texas A&M on the football field. There is nothing like hearing the Aggie War Hymn at the beginning of the fourth quarter to get you fired up.
While at Texas A&M, I was a member of the Corps of Cadets. It was sometimes hard to participate in Corps activities and football activities, but it was worth the effort to do both.
Here I am in my senior boots.
It was thrill to participate with the Corps of Cadets on the parade ground. I always got chills up my spine in formation with my unit at the Annual Review when the Aggie Band started playing the Aggie War Hymn and the Corps Commander yelled, "Pass in review!"
Here I am with Texas Aggie teammates Phi McAnelly and Buster Adami working on a offshore drilling rig in Cook Inlet, Alaska.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, I attended graduate school and earned a Master’s degree in Economics. During graduate school, I had a research assistantship the first year and a graduate college fellowship the last semester.
As a graduate student at Texas A&M University, I was one of the few students with a beard.
After graduation from graduate school, I had to cut off my beard when I went on active duty as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.