Wade Wilson

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.

The Texas high school football season begins again this week, so it’s an opportune time to reflect on the history of the game.