Appleton to be inducted into Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame

Former Brady Bulldog football great Scott Appleton will join six others who helped shape the Cotton Bowl and college football history when they are inducted into the Southwestern Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in May. Southwestern Bell and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association announced the Class of 2001 last Thursday. The inductees include Texas tackle Scott Appleton, Syracuse halfback Ernie Davis, Miami defensive tackle Russell Maryland, Clemson and Rice coach Jess Neely, Arkansas defensive tackle Loyd Phillips, Texas split end Charles (Cotton) Speyrer and Houston coach Bill Yeoman. The 2001 Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Cotton Bowl Plaza in Fair Park in Dallas. The ceremony will be free and open to the public. Maryland, Phillips, Speyrer and Yeoman plan to attend the event. Appleton, Davis and Neely will be inducted posthumously. Appleton, who played in 58 high school football games while starring for the championship Bulldogs from 1957-60, will be represented at the induction by his sister, Tresha Steffens, a former Bradyite who now resides in Austin. Accepting on behalf of Davis will be his mother, Marie Fleming. Neely will be represented by his great nephew, Tony Neely. Former SMU tailback, Cotton Bowl Classic participant and current CBS sportscaster Craig James will serve as the event’s master of ceremonies. Davis was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy, given each year to college football’s outstanding player by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York City. The Syracuse halfback earned the award as a senior in 1961. Three members of the Class of 2001 won the Outland Trophy, presented annually by the Football Writers Association of America to college football’s finest interior lineman. The three Outland winners are Appleton (1963), Phillips (1966) and Maryland (1990). Each of the four players, along with Speyrer, earned All-America recognition during their collegiate careers. Davis, Neely and Phillips are members of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. Neely was inducted in 1971, Davis in 1979 and Phillips in 1992. “The Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame honors the many extraordinary individuals who have played a role in developing the tradition, pageantry and prestige of one of college football’s most historic post-season bowl games,” Fred McClure, chairman, Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, said. “We believe that the Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides future generations with a greater appreciation for the rich tradition of college football on New Year’s Day here in Texas.” Selection criteria for the honor include the following: ‘Voting is based solely upon an individual’s performance in, or contribution to, the Classic rather than on the person’s college or professional career. ‘An individual is eligible five years after his final Classic appearance. “The Southwestern Bell Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame provides the perfect opportunity to properly and permanently recognize these heroes and unique personalities who helped establish the Classic as one of college football’s premier events,” said Stan Sigman, president and CEO of Southwestern Bell. The Class of 2001 is the fourth to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The inaugural Class of 1998 included Syracuse halfback Jim Brown, Texas quarterback Bobby Layne, Rice halfback Dicky Maegle, Texas coach Darrell Royal, Cotton Bowl founder J. Curtis Sanford, “Mr. Cotton Bowl” Field Scovell and SMU halfback Doak Walker. Featured in the Class of 1999 were TCU quarterback Sammy Baugh, Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, Kilgore Rangerettes founder Gussie Nell Davis, Houston linebacker David Hodge, Cotton Bowl team selection chairman Felix McKnight and Texas quarterback James Street. A year ago, the Class of 2000 honored Alabama, Kentucky and Texas A&M coach Paul (Bear) Bryant, Texas quarterback Duke Carlisle, Texas A&M linebacker Johnny Holland, Texas A&M fullback John Kimbrough, longtime network announcer Lindsey Nelson, Navy quarterback Roger Staubach and TCU halfback Jim Swink. Biographic information on Brady’s favorite son: SCOTT APPLETON, TEXAS Ht. 6-3. Wt. 239. Class: Sophomore/Junior/Senior. Position: Tackle. Hometown: Brady, Texas. 1962 Classic: Texas 12, Missis-sippi 7. 1963 Classic: LSU 13, Texas 0. 1964 Classic: Texas 28, Navy 6. Statistics: 1962 Defensive Sta-tistics: 4 tackles, 2 unassisted, 2 QB sacks for -8 yards. 1963 Defensive Statistics: 9 tackles, 4 unassisted. 1964 Defensive Statistics: 12 tackles, 3 unassisted, 2 QB sacks for -13 yards. “Without Scott Appleton, Texas may never have won its first national championship. A fiery competitor and the winner of the Outland Trophy during his senior season, Appleton surprised everyone including his coaches, in the way he manhandled Navy in the 1964 Classic. Appleton collected 12 tackles and sacked Navy QB Roger Staubach twice for 13 yards in losses. Appleton left the game to a thunderous ovation with eight minutes to play after snuffing a Navy scoring threat on fourth down at the Texas 16. The ‘Horns set two defensive records in the Classic by holding the Midshipmen without a rushing first down and limited Navy to minus 14 yards rushing. With Appleton leading the charge, the Texas defense never looked better.”

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