Harvey Martin

Texas A&M University-Commerce

"Blogging the Blacklands" writer Brian Pate recently conducted multiple polls of his readers on the greatest football players in East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce history.  Many of the voters were former Lion football players.  "King" Arthur James was selected as the greatest running back.  The voters narrowly chose long-time NFL player Wade Wilson as the greatest quarterback over Bob Bounds.  No greatest player of all-time was selected as such, but the consensus was that Harvey Martin, who went on to star at defensive end for the Dalla

Arthur James

Observers of East Texas State/A&M-Commerce football over the past 20 years or so can be excused for not appreciating the rich tradition of the program – a lot of losing seasons, no playoff appearances, let alone post-season victories.  But it was not always thus.