Jerry LeVias overcame both polio and racial segregation to star for SMU in the 1960s. He integrated the Southwest Conference as the first black scholarship athlete in Southwest Conference football history. He earned consensus All-American honors in 1968 before being drafted by the Houston Oilers.
In this second part of a two-part series, Jerry shares the story of how his faith guided him through the ardent task of integrating Southwest Conference football. Jerry also tells us about how one of his greatest touchdowns taught him a valuable lesson. Listen to his stories of meeting the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, leading the Mustangs to the Cotton Bowl as a sophomore, the leadership of SMU Head Coach Hayden Fry, and the magical plays that made Jerry LeVias one of college football's most sensational players of the 1960s. Also hear about his pro career and life after football.
The Texas Sports Hall of Fame Podcast is presented by the Hampton Inn Waco North. Jackson Michael, author of "The Game Before the Money" hosts and produces the podcast. Please visit www.TSHOF.org for more information about the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.