HALL OF FAME
Jim Brown Syracuse
Classic Memories1957 Classic TCU 28, Syracuse 27
StatisticsOffensive MVP Rushing: 26 attempts, 132 yards Passing: 1-2-1, 20 yards Touchdowns: 3 Rushing Kickoff Returns: 3 returns, 96 yards PAT: 3-of-4 attempts Tackles: 5 tackles, 4 unassisted
In what may have been his greatest game, Jim Brown ran through, over and around TCU defenders in the 1957 Classic. He rallied Syracuse from an early 14-0 deficit, then fueled another fierce comeback in the fourth quarter. Brown was simply unstoppable, scoring three times on runs of one, two and four yards and rushed for 132 yards. He also booted three PATs and recorded five tackles. Brown's extraordinary performance in his final college game proved to be a defining moment and launched one of the most prolific and storied careers in NFL history. Was he the greatest running back ever? The experts agree, the measuring stick begins with Jim Brown.
Bobby Layne Texas
Classic Memories1946 Classic Texas 40, Missouri 27
StatisticsOffensive MVP Rushing: 3 TD Passing: 11-12-0, 158 yards, 2 TD Receiving: 1 reception, 50 yards, 1 TD PAT: 4-of-5 attempts Points Responsible For: 40 points
Incredible is the only word that can describe Bobby Layne's performance in the Classic's 10th anniversary game in 1946. Layne was responsible for all 40 Texas points in the Longhorns' 40-27 victory over Missouri. He passed for two touchdowns, ran for three more, caught a 50-yard bomb for another, and kicked four PATs. Layne completed 11-of-12 pass attempts, had eight consecutive completions, and even though it's been more than 50 years, his .917 pass completion percentage is still a Cotton Bowl record. It's no wonder that after the game, Missouri coach Chauncey Simpson ran to the Texas team bus to shake Layne's hand, saying, "I never saw a better job by anybody!"
Dicky Maegle Rice
Classic Memories1954 Classic Rice 28, Alabama 6
StatisticsOffensive MVP Rushing: 11 attempts, 265 yards Average Per Rush: 24.1 yards Touchdowns: 3 Rushing Punting: 6 punts, 158 yards, 26.3 avg. Punt Returns: 4 returns, 23 yards
Dicky Maegle became a legend with his amazing performance in the 1954 Cotton Bowl. Maegle rushed for 265 yards on 11 carries and averaged an unbelievable 24.1 yards per play. He also recorded touchdown runs of 79, 95 and 34 yards. But, the one play that will live forever in the lore of the Cotton Bowl is the infamous bench tackle. While on his way to an apparent 95-yard touchdown romp, Maegle was blindsided by Tommy Lewis who leaped off the Alabama bench as the play crossed midfield. Maegle was awarded the touchdown in what the Associated Press called the "sports oddity" of the year.
Coach Darrell Royal Texas
Classic Memories1960 Classic: Syracuse 23, Texas 14 1962 Classic: Texas 12, Mississippi 7 1963 Classic: LSU 13, Texas 0 1964 Classic: Texas 28, Navy 6 1969 Classic: Texas 36, Tennessee 13 1970 Classic: Texas 21, Notre Dame 17 1971 Classic: Notre Dame 24, Texas 11 1972 Classic: Penn State 30, Texas 6 1973 Classic: Texas 17, Alabama 13 1974 Classic: Nebraska 19, Texas 3
StatisticsClassic Record: 5-5-0
During the Darrell Royal era in the 1960s and 1970s, it was said that two things in life were certain...death and Texas. In 20 seasons, Coach Royal guided the Longhorns to 11 SWC titles, assembled a staggering 167-47-5 record, and produced 26 All-Americans. His Longhorns played in 10 Cotton Bowl Classics, including six consecutive appearances from 1969 through 1974. Royal won two national championships in the Cotton Bowl. The first came in 1964 when Texas scored a decisive 28-6 victory over Navy. Then, in 1970, in the most famous Cotton Bowl game ever played, the Horns came from behind in the closing minutes to defeat Notre Dame, 21-17. The Royal era at Texas truly was royal.
J. Curtis Sanford Founder
Classic MemoriesDallas Oil Man & Sports Promoter Conceived Idea at 1936 Rose Bowl Received Copyright to the Cotton Bowl Name in January, 1936 Urged City Leaders to Rename Fair Park Stadium to The Cotton Bowl Inaugural Matchup Featured TCU & Marquette on January 1, 1937 Personally Underwrote First Four Cotton Bowl Games, 1937-1940 Guiding Force in Formation of CBAA
As he sat among the fans watching SMU take on Stanford in the 1936 Rose Bowl, J. Curtis Sanford asked the question, "Why can't Dallas have a game like this?" Sanford returned home, rolled up his sleeves and got to work creating a New Year's Day Classic of his own. Advisers insisted his plan would never work. Fortunately, Sanford refused to listen. This man of vision pursued his dream with an intense passion and financed the first four games from his own pocket. Thanks to Sanford's foresight and determination, the Cotton Bowl Classic found a home and continues to thrive as one of college football's most exciting and storied traditions.
Field Scovell Mr Cotton Bowl
Classic MemoriesAffilitation with CBAA Began in 1948 Co-Chairman of Team Selection from 1963-1974 Chairman of Team Selection from 1975-1992 President of CBAA in 1973 & 1974 Chairman of CBAA in 1975 & 1976 CBAA Institutional Director for Texas A&M from 1965-1975 Established Field & Mary Scovell Ice Cream/Hospitality Suite in 1979
Field Scovell was the consummate public relations man and patriarch of the Dallas sporting community. A goodwill ambassador whose famous "Howdy, Podner" greeting, his spontaneous one-liners, and the crunch of his handshake opened countless doors for the City of Dallas. For nearly four decades, Field served as the Cotton Bowl's Chairman of Team Selection. Some attributed his success to a dish of his famous homemade ice cream served up by his wife Mary. Regardless of what his secret may have been, people around the world knew him simply as Mr. Cotton Bowl. In his honor, the Classic's championship award is named the Field Scovell Trophy.
Doak Walker SMU
Classic Memories1948 Classic SMU 13, Penn State 13 1949 Classic SMU 21, Oregon 13
StatisticsTwo-Time MVP 1948 Rushing: 18 attempts, 56 yards, 1 TD 1948 Passing: 5-9, 69 yards, 1 TD 1948 PAT: 1-of-2 attempts 1949 Rushing: 14 attempts, 66 yards, 1 TD 1949 Passing: 6-10-1, 79 yards 1949 Punting: 1 punt, 79 yards 1949 PAT: 2-of-2 attempts His coach, Matty Bell, onc
His coach, Matty Bell, once said, "Nobody ever played football like Doak Walker!" Indeed, the Classic's first Heisman Trophy winner could do it all...run, block, catch, punt and defend. No one ever captured the imagination of a city the way Walker seized Dallas during the 1940s. In two Cotton Bowl appearances, The Doaker won back-to-back MVP honors. In 1948, he produced both SMU touchdowns against Penn State, one a 53-yard pass play. A year later, he boomed a 79-yard punt against Oregon. Doak's legendary accomplishments are still celebrated today. Each year, college football's finest running back is presented the Doak Walker Award.