Vidal Carlin was North Texas’ starting quarterback in 1965 and 1966, leading the Mean Green to an 8-2 record and the Missouri Valley Conference championship as a senior. During his senior campaign he was at the controls in victories over teams such as UTEP, Louisville and Cincinnati. In just two seasons, he completed his career as North Texas’ all-time leader in single-game passing attempts (54), single-game completions (32), single-season passing attempts (341), career passing attempts (633), career completions (276), career touchdown passes (25) and career passing yards (3,233). He remains among the top six players in school history in each of those statistics as well. Carlin recorded eight career 200-yard passing games, which is still the fourth most in school history, and posted a career-high 307 passing yards against Arkansas in 1965. Carlin made an immediate impact with the Mean Green, leading North Texas in passing yards and total offense in both 1965 and 1966. Following his career at North Texas, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL in 1967 as the 16th pick in the third round. He went on to play quarterback in the league with Atlanta and Houston as well, ending his professional career in 1974 with the Oilers. Carlin also spent one year in the Canadian Football League, playing quarterback with the BC Lions in 1970. Carlin is currently an independent dry wall contractor in San Francisco.
Bill Eschenbrenner was a three-year letterman with the North Texas golf team from 1958-60, helping lead the Mean Green to the Southern Intercollegiate championship in 1958 and to a third-place finish or better in five tournaments. While he was a member of the North Texas golf team, the Mean Green finished runner-up at the 1958 and 1960 Missouri Valley Conference Championships. Eschenbrenner went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from North Texas in 1961 and has remained in the game of golf ever since. He has become a PGA Class Master Professional after numerous achievements in the sport over his entire life and was the 2005 recipient of the National PGA Professional of the Year. Eschenbrenner has accrued numerous awards over the years, including PGA national awards such as the Bill Strausbaugh Award (1984), Quarter Century Club (1990), the Horton Smith Award (1994) and the Master Professional Award (1989). As a PGA competitor, he made the cut for the PGA Senior’s Championship and played in the U.S. Senior Open, both in 1992. Eschenbrenner will be inducted into the PGA of America Hall of Fame in December of 2006.
Dick Lindsay joined the Navy in 1944 at the age of 18 before arriving at North Texas in 1947 and went on to letter three years as an offensive tackle for the Mean Green. He helped lead North Texas to its first ever bowl berth, the Salad Bowl, in 1948 and to its first ever bowl victory, a 14-13 win over an Amos Alonzo Stagg-coached Pacific team in the Optimist Bowl, in 1946. Lindsay was named All-Lone Star Conference as both a sophomore and junior and started 40 games over his career at North Texas. Originally from Marshall, Texas, Lindsay went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and got his master’s in 1954, both from North Texas. Following his playing career, Lindsay became a coach and served in an administration position in the Texas high school system until his retirement in 1987.
Richard Lowe served as the head men’s soccer coach at North Texas for 14 seasons, from 1980-93, and guided the Mean Green to a winning record each year. Lowe actually got his start with the soccer team as the faculty sponsor for the team when it was a club sport from 1971-75 and was one of several people who urged the university to elevate the sport to varsity status, which was done in 1976. In 1980, Athletic Director Andy Everest named Lowe the team’s head coach and in his first game at the helm, Lowe led the Mean Green to a season-opening victory at Fouts Field over national power Indiana. The very next year Lowe led North Texas to its first NCAA Tournament berth in any sport and won an opening-round game over Eastern Illinois. Among the teams that North Texas defeated during Lowe’s tenure as head coach were UCLA, Saint Louis, Southern Illinois, Indiana and Connecticut, all former NCAA champions and frequently ranked at the top of the men’s college rankings. In fact, North Texas was frequently ranked in the national polls as well and achieved a top ranking of No. 7.
A four-year letterman with the North Texas football team from 1992-95, Troy Redwine helped lead North Texas to a No. 18 national ranking in NCAA I-AA in 1994 and the Southland Conference championship. He was the team’s go-to receiver in 1995 as the Mean Green made the jump back to Division I-A and is the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,567. Redwine is also ranked second all-time at North Texas for yards per catch (18.6) and career receiving touchdowns (23), sixth for career receptions (138) and 13th for career all-purpose yards (2,699). Over his four-year career with the Mean Green, he recorded six 100-yard receiving games that included a career-high 167 receiving yards against Oklahoma State in 1994. Redwine completed his first year at North Texas with 25.5 yards per catch, which ranks as the second highest average in school history for a single season. The Farmersville, Texas, native had an outstanding senior campaign as he finished the year with a team-high eight receiving touchdowns (seventh most in school history) and a career-high 811 receiving yards (10th most in school history) on 50 receptions.
Victor Rodriguez became the first Hispanic to receive an athletic scholarship at North Texas in 1952 and went on to letter three years with the school’s track and field team. Prior to arriving at North Texas, the distance specialist won the junior college national championship in the half-mile run while at Victoria Junior College in 1951. His versatility in long-distance events helped North Texas win the Border Olympics and the Fort Worth Track Meets. At the Kansas Relays he was a member of the winning Two-Mile Relay Team and at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, he was a member of the winning Sprint Medley Relay team. He went on to earn his B.S. Degree at North Texas in 1955, his Master’s of Education from the University in 1962 and his Ph. D. from the University of Texas in 1982. After a lengthy teaching and administrative career in the San Antonio ISD, he became the Superintendent of Schools for the same ISD in 1982 and held the position until 1994.