Beatty was a three-time letterwinner for the Mean Green football team from 1966-68. As a standout cornerback, Beatty captured first team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors as a junior in 1967. After finishing his North Texas career, Beatty was a seventh-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played four seasons. He later played one year with the St. Louis Cardinals and one season in the old World Football League. Today, Beatty is the first five-term mayor of Waxahachie, Texas. He also is active with his alma mater as a member of the North Texas Board of Regents.
Gowin was the Mean Green’s leading punter all four years he played from 1993-96. His 92-yard punt against Vanderbilt in 1996 stands as the longest punt in school history, and his 89 punts for 3,946 yards in 1996 both are school records. Gowin was named third team All-America following his senior season and signed as a rookie free agent with the Dallas Cowboys. He was the Cowboys punter for three seasons -- averaging nearly 43 yards a punt and breaking two team rookie punting records -- before signing a free agent contract with the New Orleans Saints. After three seasons with the Saints, Gowin re-signed with the Cowboys prior to the start of the 2003 season.
Holloway was a three-year letterwinner and team captain for the Mean Green football team from 1967-69. A two-time All-Missouri Valley Conference offensive lineman, Holloway represented North Texas in the East-West Shrine Game, Blue-Gray Game and the Senior Bowl. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1970 and was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie Team that same year. He was the first recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award as a rookie and went on to start for the Bears for five straight seasons. He later played professional football with the Cleveland Browns for three years and in the World Football League.
One of the most successful long distance runners in North Texas history, Imel competed in both cross country and track for the Mean Green from 1951-55. A two-time captain of the track team, Imel went undefeated in cross country as a sophomore and lost just once as a junior. In track, Imel won the mile event at the prestigious Border Olympics for three consecutive years.
A three-year letterwinner from 1951-53, Kelley averaged 13.6 points per game during his basketball career and ranks as the No. 19 career scorer in North Texas history. He led the Mean Green in scoring his junior and senior seasons with a career-best average of 16.0 ppg as a junior and a 13.1 mark as a senior. Kelley’s 322 career made free throws still rank No. 7 in school history while his 582 career free throw attempts rank No. 4. Kelley was named first team All-Gulf Coast Conference in 1950-51.
After serving in the U.S. Marine Corp., the 24-year-old Riley made an immediate impact as a freshman with the North Texas boxing team in 1950. The slender 112-pound Riley captured one of the sport’s most coveted titles by winning the national flyweight division Golden Gloves championship. In becoming the first Texan in five years to capture a national Golden Gloves title, Riley led North Texas to regional and district team titles that year. He won all six bouts en route to the national title by decision and claimed the national crown despite seriously injuring his left hand two weeks earlier in an opening-round match.