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The 1981 Hall of Fame Inductees

JOE GREENE - Greene was a three-time Missouri Valley All-Conference player and anchored a defensive line at North Texas that allowed opponents just two yards per rushing attempt from 1966-68, helping North Texas to a 23-5-1 record. Greene was a consensus All-America in 1968. Greene played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1969-81. He was a Pro Bowl selection 10 times and was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1969. He recorded 66 quarterback sacks in his career and is regarded as one of the greatest defensive tackles in the history of the NFL. The anchor of the famed “Steel Curtain” defense that led the Pittsburgh Steelers to four Super Bowl titles, he was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1987. Greene was inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. He was the fourth player selected in the 1969 NFL Draft.


ODUS MITCHELL - Mitchell is the winningest football coac in North Texas history with 122 career wins and 14 winning seasons. His teams won 10 conference championships at North Texas. He was named Coach of the Year by the Missouri Valley Conference and by the American Football Coaches Association for District 7 in 1966.


RAY RENFRO - Renfro had one of the greatest seasons in school history in 1951 when he averaged 7.5 yards per rushing attempt, which remains a school record. He earned all-conference honors and was named a first-team All-American running back in 1951. Renfro finished his career with a career-rushing average of 6.8 yards per attempt, which also remains a school record. Renfro spent 12 years in the National Football League, all with the Cleveland Browns from 1952-1963. Renfro was a three-time selection to the Pro Bowl in 1953, 57 and 1960. He was drafted 48th overall in the 1952 NFL draft.

Johnny Stovall (football)

Ted Wright (football)

DON JANUARY
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 After playing an integral role in North Texas winning three national golf championships from 1950-1953, Don January went on to a long, illustrious professional career.

WAYNE RIDEOUT - Rideout was a standout track athlete for North Texas in the late 1930s. He and his twin brother, Blaine, were apart of two world records. Wayne and his brother were part of a relay at the 31st Millrose Games in 1938 that set a world record of 7:27.5 in the mile and seven-eights relay. Wayne and his brother were part of another relay later that year that set another world record of 9:59.4 for the outdoor two mile and one-eighth distance medley relay at the 44th Penn Relays. Individually, Wayne set a world record of 3:00.3 in the three-quarter mile run. He became the first Texan in history to set a world record by himself.

CHOC SPORTSMAN - Choc Sportsman was the North Texas track and field coach from 1929-41. 

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