WACO (February 18, 2013) -- The Texas Sports Hall of Fame celebrated its Class of 2012 Monday night with a banquet at the Ferrell Center.
The newest class includes: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former Dallas Cowboys running back Walt Garrison, former Milwaukee Braves third baseman Eddie Matthews, former Lubbock Monterey high school baseball coach Bobby Moegle, NBA champion Shaquille O'Neal and former Texas Longhorns Catherine "Cat" Osterman and Ricky Williams.
O'Neal was unable to attend, but all other inductees said they're honored to be part of such a prestigious class.
For more on each inductee, please see below.
Drew Brees, a native of Austin, Texas, was an all-state quarterback with 3,528 yards leading Westlake to the 5A Division II 1996 state title his senior year with a perfect 16-0 record. Brees is the Purdue and Big Ten career leader in every major passing category, including passing attempts (1,678), passing completions (1,026), passing yards (11,792), passing touchdowns (90) and total offense (12,692). His college years were successful both on and off the football field, and in his senior year, he was named the Academic All-American of the Year, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Maxwell Award winner. Brees spent five seasons with the San Diego Chargers before signing as a free agent with the New Orleans Saints in 2006. He was named MVP of Super Bowl after leading the team to its first NFL title in 2009. Brees has 45,919 career passing yards with 324 touchdowns and in 2011 was the NFL’s all-time single season leader with 5,476 passing yards. He’s also been selected to play in seven Pro-Bowls. On Oct. 7, 2012, Brees made history by breaking Johnny Unitas’ record (47) for consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
Walt Garrison, from Lewisville, Texas, stood at six-feet-tall and 205 pounds as the Oklahoma State fullback from 1963-65. Garrison was named to the 1964 All-Academic Team, and in the following season, he led the Big Eight in rushing yards, was an All-Big Eight selection, and was named Outstanding Back in the 1965 Senior Bowl. After college, Garrison began his nine-year NFL career in Dallas where he played in the Cowboys’ backfield from 1966-74 under head coach Tom Landry. He was a member of the 1971 World Champion Cowboys team and was a 1972 Pro-Bowl selection. Garrison retired with 3,886 career rushing yards and 1,794 receiving yards, which at the time ranked third and fourth respectively in all-time Dallas Cowboys history. He was selected to the Dallas Cowboys 25th Anniversary Team and is a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Eddie Mathews, a Texarkana, Texas, native, spent 17 years in the major leagues playing for the Braves in Boston, Atlanta and Milwaukee from 1952-66, the Houston Astros in 1967 and the Detroit Tigers in 1967 and ’68. Playing a total of 2,391 games, Mathews had 2,315 hits, 512 homeruns, 1,453 RBIs, and a .271 batting average. He played on the 1968 Detroit Tigers and the 1957 and 1958 Milwaukee Braves World Series teams, winning two games in the 1957 series against the Yankees with homeruns in the 10th inning. Mathews made 12 All-Star Game appearances as both a third and first baseman, and in the 1959 game, he hit a first-inning homerun. After retiring, Mathews stayed close to the game managing the Atlanta Braves from 1972-74 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.
Bobby Moegle won more high school baseball games than any coach in Texas history. When he retired from Lubbock’s Monterey High School (1960-1999) he had more wins (1,115-266-1) than any coach in the country (he currently ranks fifth on the national list). Moegle has taken 13 teams to the 4A and 5A state tournaments, winning the state championship in ’72, ’74, ’81, and ’96, and finishing second in state four times. He’s coached over 100 players who have continued their baseball careers at the collegiate level, 20 of whom signed professional contracts. Moegle is the founder of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association, a four-time Texas High School Coach of the Year, and was the National Coach of the Year in 1972.
Shaquille O’Neal’s successful basketball career began in San Antonio, Texas, at San Antonio Cole High School. Experiencing a major victory for the first time, he led Cole to a 3A state title in 1989 and then continued this title-winning tradition in the NBA. As a Los Angeles Laker, O’Neal won three consecutive world championships from 2000-‘02, and won another world championship in 2006 with the Miami Heat. His 19-year NBA career included eight first-team All-NBA selections, 15 All-Star Games, and in 1996, O’Neal was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He was the NBA MVP in 2000 and the NBA Finals MVP in 2000, ’01, and ’02. O’Neal averaged 23.7 points per game, 10.9 rebounds per game and 2.3 blocks per game, with a total of 13,099 rebounds and 28,596 points during his career.
CATHERINE “CAT” OSTERMAN
Softball pitcher Cat Osterman, a native of Houston and graduate of Cypress Springs HS, won 136 games for the Texas Longhorns and led her teams to three NCAA softball world series. One of the most accomplished athletes in softball history, Osterman broke virtually every University of Texas pitching record. She set NCAA records for strikeout ratio for season (15.42) & career (14.34). Osterman also ranks 5th all-time in NCAA in shutouts (28), 8th all-time in wins (136) & 2nd all-time in strikeouts (2,265). She was the first NCAA pitcher to break 2,000 strikeout mark. A four-time Big 12 Pitcher of the Year she was also a member of Olympic teams in 2004 (gold medal) & 2008 (silver medal). Osterman’s impressive resume also includes 20 NCAA no-hitters and 10 perfect games. Osterman is currently the assistant softball coach at St. Edward's University in Austin.
San Diego, California native Ricky Williams wasn’t born in Texas but he got here as fast as he could. His stellar football career as a running back at the University of Texas (1995-98) culminated with the sport’s highest honor - the 1998 Heisman Trophy. Williams set 21 NCAA records and 46 University of Texas career records. Two of the biggest records that Williams set included 72 career rushing touchdowns and 6,279 career rushing yards. His brilliant senior campaign also included being named the 1998 AP Player of the Year and winning the Maxwell & Walter Camp Awards. The two-time All-American was also the first player to win the Doak Walker Award twice. Williams won back to back NCAA rushing titles his junior and senior seasons and was one of only three University of Texas running backs to rush for over 1,000 yards three years in a row. He was also named MVP of the 1999 Cotton & Hula Bowls. Williams played in the NFL from 1999-2011 with the New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins & Baltimore Ravens.