Friday, December 23, 2005

Changing the Face of Texas Football

It was 1969, and Texas had just defeated Arkansas, 15-14, in Fayetteville in what had been billed as the Game of the Century. President Richard M. Nixon entered the locker room and declared the Longhorns as national champions. Julius Whittier was a member of the team, but as a freshman was not eligible to play varsity at the time, and he watched from Austin. Whittier was also the only black football player at Texas. He didn't know it at the time, but Longhorns were the last all-white team to win the national championship. In 1970, Whittier became the first black letterman for Texas, and today he takes great pride in the Longhorns. About half of the players are black, including standout quarterback Vince Young (registration).

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