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What’s in a name?

The words West Texas evoke strong emotions for many. In 1910, the establishment of an institution of higher education in the Texas panhandle meant new opportunities for students to receive degrees in education. For the next 100 years, the metamorphosis from a small teachers college into a Division I University and back to a Division II University is the unique story that only WT can tell.

In retrospective of the Centennial year of West Texas, we recall the changes that have come to define us. Whether your heart belongs to West Texas State or West Texas A&M, we have come to remember that we are Always WT and the name of our institution is nothing compared to the names of our students. The following names are WT Alumni who have gone on to do notable things in their professional careers. This list was created from WT Athletic Media Relations, the Alumni Association and your submissions.

Due to the large number of football players, this list only covers NFL and CFL does not include Arena. Athletes must have been on a team’s active roster as well.

It is meant to be comprehensive but if we have left anyone off please email alumni@wtamu.edu or submit the online form for their inclusion.

List Format
Name (years at WT) - Team/Occupation
NOTE: Years marked outside of (parenthesis) as '## is the person's WT graduation year.


Football    |    Baseball    |    Basketball    |    Bowling    |    Rodeo    |    Soccer    |    Professional Wrestler   |    Non-Athletes


Football

  • George Allen (64-65) - Houston
  • Marc Andrews (66-67) - San Diego
  • Ralph Anderson (68-70) - Pittsburgh
  • Ray Armentrout (64-65) - Edmonton
  • Anthony Armstrong (01-04) - Washington Redskins
  • John Ayers (73-75) - Denver/San Francisco
  • Dag Azam (67-69) - Los Angeles
  • Milton Baker (78-81) - Washington
  • Dalton Bell (03-06) - Green Bay/Seattle/Carolina/Toronto
  • Carl Birdsong (77-78) - St. Louis
  • Cloyce Box '49, Detroit Lions
  • Bill Bradley (60-61) - San Diego
  • Bryan Braman '11 - Houston
  • Larry Brazon (67-68) - NY Giants
  • Carl Brown (71-73) - Kansas City
  • Kevin Brown (83-86) - Chicago
  • Ray Brown (68-70) - Atlanta
  • Willie Brown (67-68) - Washington
  • Tom Brownfield (72-73) - Miami
  • Jimmy Campbell (65-67) - San Diego
  • Tommy Coffey (56-58) - Edmonton
  • J.R. Compton (1987-88) - NY Giants
  • Bill Cross (47-50) - Chicago Cardinals
  • Tracy Dickson (72-74) - Dallas
  • Jess Lwood Dow (38-41) - Philadelphia, 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class
  • A.Z. Drones (67-68) - Los Angeles
  • Bobby Duncum (64-66) - St. Louis
  • Jerry Epps (1959) - Edmonton
  • William Fifer (73-77) - Detroit
  • Gary Finell (72-74) - San Diego
  • Terry Funk (64-66) - Kansas City
  • Dave Gasser (65-66) - Edmonton
  • Franco Glaze (97-98) - Calgary
  • Willard Goff (83-84) - Atlanta
  • Frank Goodish (67) - Toronto/Washington
  • Percy Green (65-66) - Detroit
  • Robin Ham (80-82) - Cleveland
  • Stan Hansen (68-70) - Baltimore
  • Newt Harrell (88-89) - LA Raiders
  • Antonio Harrison (98-99) - San Francisco
  • Steve Haterius (65-67) - Toronto
  • Floyd Headen (06-07) - Tampa Bay
  • Carl Heiman (67-68) - Vancouver
  • Darryl Hemphill (78-81) - Denver
  • Ed Holwig (70-71) - Vancouver
  • John Holt (77-80) - Indianapolis/Tampa Bay
  • Mike Hrncir (70-71) - Vancouver
  • John Jacobi (73-75) - Philadelphia
  • Alondra Johnson (86-87) - British Columbia/Calgary
  • Cort Johnson (06-08) - San Diego
  • Bryon Jones (67-68) - NY Giants
  • Floyd Jones (74-75) - Edmonton
  • Duane Joubert (92-95) - Calgary
  • Kolo Kapanui (06-07) - Cleveland
  • Glen Keller (76-79) - Atlanta
  • Bob Kelley (48-52) -  Philiadelphia
  • Meshel Kelson (74-75) - Tampa Bay
  • Tom Krempasky (64-66) - NY Giants
  • Doug Kriewald (64-66) - Chicago
  • Kareem Larrimore (98-99) - Dallas
  • Jeff Lloyd (73-75) - Seattle
  • Jerry Logan (60-62) - Baltimore
  • Rebert Mack (95-97) - Baltimore
  • Wilton Manley (62-64) - Dallas
  • Charly Martin (04-08) - Carolina, San Diego
  • Pat McCoy (04-05) - Atlanta, Philadelphia
  • Reggie McElroy (78-82) - NY Jets
  • Eddie Meyer (56-59) - Buffalo Bills
  • DeWayne Miles (97-00) - Lions/Vikings
  • Rick Mordecai (73-74) - Green Bay
  • James Morton (86, 88) - Tampa Bay
  • Mercury Morris (66-68) - Miami
  • Allen Mullins (72-74) - Dallas
  • Russell Mundy (62-64) - Houston
  • Ray McCowan (58-60) - Pittsburgh
  • Bill McKinney (69-71) - Kansas City, Chicago, Navy Seal
  • Don Nava (73-74) - Kansas City
  • Keith Null (05-08) – Carolina, St. Louis
  • Albie Owens (66-68) - Houston, NY Jets
  • Votie Patterson (85-87) - Chicago
  • Pete Pedro (61-63) - New England
  • Jim Perry (63) - Minnesota
  • Bob Petrich (61-62) - San Diego
  • Jesse Powell (66-68) - Miami
  • Billy Pritchett (71-73) - Cleveland
  • Roland Reichardt (68-69) - Los Angeles
  • Jerry Richardson (61-63) - San Francisco
  • Bo Robinson (75-78) - Detroit
  • Pat Schwenke (05-07) - Tampa Bay
  • Eugene Sims (08-09) - St. Louis
  • Dejuan Skinner (04-05) - Philadelphia
  • Merced Solis (72-74) - Kansas City/Vancouver
  • Dick Stamier (65) - Hamilton
  • Dave Szymakowski (65-67) - New Orleans
  • Ray Taupule (99-00) - Lions
  • Duane Thomas (67-68) - Dallas
  • Chaun Thompson (98-02) - Cleveland/Houston
  • Olan Thompson (68-70) - Baltimore
  • Ralph Thompson (69-70) - New Orleans
  • Rocky Thompson (68-71) - NY Giants
  • Frank Thrasher (60-61) - Calgary
  • Bill Uzzolino (64-65) - Hamilton
  • John Varnell (60-62) - Houston
  • Butch Waltersheid (63-66) - Washington
  • Curley Watters (66-68) - Denver
  • J’Marcus Webb (08-09) - Chicago
  • Earl West (62-64) - St. Louis
  • Ted Wheeler (64-66) - St. Louis
  • Devron Williams (95-96) - Tennessee
  • Burl Wood (65-66) - New England
  • David Wood (82-84) - Kansas City
  • Earl Wood (65-66) - Saskatchewan
  • Mike Zuffuto (66-67) - San Diego

Baseball

  • Tim Dubrule ’97 - Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • James Frisbee ’95 - Alexandria Aces, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Charlie Griffin '02 - Arizona Diamondbacks org.
  • Nathan Grindell ’96 - Cleveland Indians org.
  • Jackie McNellie ‘99 - Lafayette Bullfrogs, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Jason Patrick ‘94-97 - Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Javier Reyes ’97 - Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • David Thomas ’97 - San Diego Padres organization
  • Kevin Seibert ‘00 -‘01- Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Jeff Sparks ‘94 - Tampa Bay Devil Rays/ Albany Alligators
  • Kent Wright ’08 - NY State League; AZ Winter League; Fort Worth Cats and Wichita Wingnuts, American Association; Amarillo Dillas, United League; Kalamazoo Kings and Rockford Riverhawks, Frontier League

Basketball

  • Maurice Cheeks (’74-’78) - At the time of his retirement from the NBA in 1993, Maurice Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth all-time in assists. He was as one of the NBA’s most outstanding guards, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 NBA Championship. He was also the head coach of first the Portland Trailblazers and later the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether playing or coaching, Maurice Cheeks (1974-78) was, and always will be, a Buffalo.

Bowling

  • Carolyn Dorin-Ballard '89, professional bowler
  • Jack Jurek '85, professional bowler
  • Marc McDowell '85, professional bowler
  • Mike Scroggins (82-86) - Professional Bowling Association

Rodeo

  • Stran T. Smith '07, Professional Rodeo Cowboy; 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper
  • Trevor Brazille, Professional Rodeo Cowboy; All Around Cowboy; 2-Time Steer Roping World Champion
  • Monty Lewis '03, Professional Rodeo Cowboy, 2004 World Champion Tie-Down Roper
     

Soccer

  • Davy Arnaud (00-02) - Kansas City Wizards
  • Beau Brown (93-96) - Dallas Sidekicks; Lafayette Swampcats; Utah Freezz
  • Vassar Cates (99-02) - Dallas Sidekicks
  • Josh Fender (02-05) - Laredo Heat
  • Lance Lemberg (95-96) - Lafayette Swampcats
  • Tomer Otor (04-07) - Hapoel Kamat HaSharon Soccer Club (Israel)
  • Jeremie Piette (98-01) - Puerto Rico Islanders; Charleston Battery; Toronto Lynx; Vancouver Whitecaps; Portmore United; Kansas City Wizards; FC Dallas
  • Mikey Remington (95-98) - Houston Hotshots
  • Ben Waldrum (00-01) - El Paso Patriots; Dallas Sidekicks

Professional Wrestler

  • Dory Funk Jr. - Dory Ernest Funk Jr.
  • “Stan Hansen” - John Stanley Hansen, Jr.
  • “Terry Funk” - Terrence Funk
  • “The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes - Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.
  • “Bobby Duncum” - Bobby Duncum Jr.
  • "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase - Theodore Marvin DiBiase, Sr.
  • “Kelly Kiniski” – Kelly Kiniski
  • “Blackjack Mulligan” - Robert Deroy Windham
  • “Bruiser Brody” - Frank Donald Goodish
  • "The Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez - Emanuel Fernandez
  • “Tully Blanchard” - Tully Arthur Blanchard
  • “Tito Santana” - Merced Solis

Non-Athlete Notables

  • Mody C. Boatright '22, folklorist, educator, author
  • Ulane Bonnel '40, naval historian 
  • Candace Camp '71, author
  • William Cephus '74, awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Operation Desert Storm
  • Captain Ronald E. Childress Jr. '01, awarded the Bronze Star for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Larry Combest '69, politician
  • Brigadier General Jesse Cross, Ret., US Army two-star general
  • Brad Garner '78, '79, professional flutist
  • Susan Gibson, CMA award-winning songwriter of "Wide Open Spaces"
  • J. Evetts Haley, historian and political activist
  • Kaylee Anne Keith '12, Miss West Texas 2011, NBA Cheerleader/Dancer for San Antonio Spurs 2012-2013
  • Steve Kragthorpe, college football head coach
  • Buddy Knox '56, recording artist 
  • Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks
  • Steven C. McCraw '79, '81, Texas Director of Department of Public Safety
  • Dr. Evelyn Milam '42, President, Cottey College
  • Mrs. Helen Neal '62, first African American graduate
  • Dr. Fred Oberst '27, medical researcher, biochemist, teacher
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, artist (faculty member)
  • Anita Thigpen Perry, First Lady of Texas
  • Donald Powell, former Chairman of the FDIC and Current Federal Coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding
  • Jay Olin Reed '42, WT football player (number retired), coach, teacher and administrator
  • Bruce Robison, hit country songwriter ("Travelin' Soldier", Angry All The Time, Desperately) and singer
  • Marsha Sharp, women's basketball coach
  • Stanley T. Sigman, AT&T Mobility CEO
  • Stran T. Smith '07, Professional Rodeo Cowboy; 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper
  • John T. Smithee, Texas state representative since 1985
  • Red Steagall '60, country singer and Western poet
  • French Stewart, actor
  • Ernie Vela, U.S. Army Major, awarded two bronze medals for work in Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Joe Don Vela Jr., US Army Captain, awarded the bronze star for meritorious service during hostile operations in Vietnam
  • Dr. Doug Watson '72, Professor of English, inducted in to Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame


Submit your additions and corrections to our lists. The latest revised lists will become available on this web page and in the next West Texan Alumni Magazine.

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(When possible, please include their graduation or attendance years.)




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