Texas Longhorns

Darrell Royal

Darrell Royal
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A former Oklahoma quarterback, Royal helped shape the Longhorns into one of the nation's most consistent winning programs. After inheriting a 1-9 team in 1956, he led the Longhorns to a Sugar Bowl berth the following year. It was the first of 16 bowl trips during his 20-season career. His coaching record at Texas was 167-47-5 -- the best mark in the nation over that period. His team claimed three national titles and 11 Southwest Conference titles, including a record six-straight conference titles from 1968 to 1973. Upon retiring after the 1976 season, Royal said, "I didn't need to have my picture taken again, and I didn't need another trophy. Life's been good to me." -- Tim Griffin 

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"I'm not a football fan. But I am a fan of people, and I am a Darrell Royal fan because he's the rarest of human beings." -- Royal's close friend former President Lyndon Johnson

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Legend has it the burnt-orange Longhorn mascot's name was developed to get around a piece of vandalism by Texas A&M.

i love vince and love to say him, but must give the nod to Royal. 3 natl championships is kinda important.


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