Dateline: February 12, 2008
Sports Hall of Fame inducts Kenny King
Roger Estlack, Clarendon Enterprise
hometown boy became the 143rd member of the Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame
Sunday afternoon during the hall’s 50th annual presentation of awards.
King who went from a top running back for the Clarendon Bronchos to a
Super Bowl record setter was inducted along with former Texas Tech Lady
Raiders Coach Marsha Sharp and Olympic gold medallist Brandon Slay.
Globe-News columnist Jon Mark Beilue served as Master of Ceremonies for
the event and set the tone for inducting the three sports legends when he
said that no matter what part of the Panhandle you are from, you are
always part of one big family when you go on to compete at the national or
the first inductee for the day, King said Clarendon and the area have
always been his home and that it was fitting that his final honor came
from the Texas Panhandle.
started my career here, and now I end it here,” he said.
also had words of wisdom for the dozens of high school and college
athletes honored for special achievements Sunday.
Texas Panhandle has so much talent,” he said. “I had great
opportunities in college and in the NFL, but some didn’t ever get there
because they didn’t want to leave home. But I can tell you that you can
always come home. I wouldn’t change anything about my life.”
grew up in Clarendon, where he was a key member as a sophomore of the
Bronchos’ 1972 state runner-up football team, then became one of the
state’s top schoolboy running backs as a senior.
head coach Barry Switzer personally signed King in Clarendon, and King led
OU in rushing as a sophomore but became more of a blocking back his last
two seasons. His blocking is credited as the key to Billy Sims’ Heisman
Trophy season at OU in 1978.
was drafted by Houston in the NFL’s third round by Coach Bum Phillips
but later was traded to Oakland where he played on two Super Bowl champion
teams and was All-Pro.
Super Bowl XV, King caught an 80-yard scoring pass from Jim Plunkett,
which was the longest scoring pass play in Super Bowl history. That mark
stood for 16 years.
finished his playing career in Hamilton in the Canadian Football League.
Today he lives and works in Ft. Worth.
144th member of the Hall of Fame was Marsha Sharp, who retired in 2006 as
the winningest women’s basketball coach in Texas Tech history. She led
the Lady Raiders for 24 seasons, and her teams compiled a record of
570-187. Under her guidance, the Tech women won the NCAA championship in
1993. She credited her success to “a lot of other people’s talent,”
and the Tulia native, who always tried to recruit West Texas girls, said
it was very special to be recognized from people at home.
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