Last night the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco inducted its latest impressive class… Saints QB Drew Brees… former Cowboys RB Walt Garrison…
former Braves 3B Eddie Mathews, former Lubbock Monterey HS baseball coach Bobby Moegle, former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal, former UT softball pitcher
"Cat" Osterman… and former UT Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.
If we were to rank Drew Brees, Ricky Williams, Cat Osterman and Shaq 1-4 in terms of accomplishments... how would you rank them?
Ricky Williams finished his UT career with 21 NCAA records and 46 UT all-time marks… including NCAA records for career rushing yards (6,279), all-purpose yards (7,206), rushing TDs (72) and total TDs (75). The 1998 Heisman Trophy winner won back-to-back NCAA rushing titles as a junior and senior... Williams
played pro football for 11 seasons running and is one of 25 men to gain more
than 10,000 yards.
Cat Osterman was the only player named three-time National Player of the Year and four-time All-American… took UT to the CWS three times and holds UT records for wins (136), ERA (0.51), shutouts (85) and no-hitters (20) and holds the NCAA record for career strikeout ratio per seven innings (14.35). Osterman won an Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 and a silver medal in Beijing in 2008.
Shaq won a Class 3A state title with S-A Cole and NBA Rookie of the year w/Orlando Magic… Led the Lakers to three straight NBA titles in 2000-2002 then won another w/Miami Heat in 2006… he was the Finals MVP three times… his
accomplishments include an MVP Award, 15 All-Star game selections, two scoring titles… He is one of only 3 players to win and NBA MVP, All-Star game MVP and Finals MVP in the same season (2000) joining Willis Reed (1970) and Michael Jordan (1996/1998)... His career NBA ranks include 6th in points scored, 13th in rebounds and 7th in blocked shots.
Drew Brees won a state title in 1996 @ Westlake… Brees has been selected to the Pro Bowl 7 times, was the NFL’s comeback player of the year in 2004 and offensive player of the year in 2008/2011… named SB MVP in 2009… Brees is the only QB in NFL history w/400+ yards passing in three straight playoff games... Brees holds the NFL single-season record for most passing yards w/5,476 yards and set NFL records for highest completion percentage in a season (71.2%)… and holds the record for most consecutive games with at least 1 TD pass (54)… is the only player in NFL history with multiple 5,000 yards passing seasons.