A long-time supporter and alumnus of the University of North Texas, a successful businessman who served in the U.S. Navy and on the Fort Worth City Council, and a member of the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame, James G. Eagle passed away last Friday at the age of 84.
Eagle, who played football in high school, college, and the NFL for teams which all bore his last name as their mascot, will be laid to rest Tuesday at Mount Olivet Chapel.
A four-time letter winner in football from 1946-50, he played in two post-season bowl games for North Texas, including the 1946 Optimist Bowl and the 1947 Salad Bowl. He was voted all-Lone Star Conference as a junior and all-Gulf Coast Conference as a senior. He was also selected as honorable mention Little All-America in 1950.
Eagle was then drafted in 1950 by the Philadelphia Eagles. At the conclusion of his playing career, he served in the Navy during the Korean War before becoming a successful businessman. Among his ventures was Jim Eagle Turf Industries, which is responsible for the patented design Prescription Athletic Turf, which is used at NFL and college stadiums.
In the 1960s, Eagle was elected to the Fort Worth City Council, serving from 1967-69.
But throughout his life, he was involved in youth sports and remained heavily involved in North Texas athletics. He was instrumental in the NT lettermen's association, and he was inducted into the North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
Eagle's family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the University of North Texas Athletic Department, in care of James G. Eagle, 1155 Union Circle #311397, Denton, Texas 76203-5007.