Texas Football honors MW's Ritchie, Curtis Former Mineral Wells Rams and Texas A&I great Richard Ritchie was selected by Texas Football magazine as one of the top college quarterbacks over the last 50 years of Texas Football.
The 50th Anniversary Texas Football magazine edition honored Ritchie along with former MWHS athletic director Chuck Curtis. Named to the All College first team was Vince Young of the University of Texas. Second team went to James Street of the Longhorns. Both players won national titles with the Longhorns.
The magazine listed five honorable mention which include Ritchie and Heisman winner Andre Ware of Houston, Tommy Kramer of Rice, Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech and Don Trull of Baylor.
Ritchie was named to the College Football Hall of Fame as well as the MWHS Hall of Fame in 1999. The 1973 graduate of MWHS went on to win 39 straight games at A&I and three national titles.
Curtis, who won three state Texas High School state championships, was named one of the top 50 coaches in Texas.
After leading TCU to a win over Jim Brown and Syracuse in the Cotton Bowl, Curtis began a high school coaching career that saw the former Frog's quarterback led Jacksboro to the 2A state title in 1962 and then guide 4A Garland to state titles in '63 and '64.
Texas A&I named among best teams
Of the 50 best college teams, Texas A&I received the honor three times.
The University of Texas was selected six times. No other college team was selected more than three times. All three teams selected from A&I were led by quarterback Richard Ritchie. Ritchie passed and ran the Javelina's to three straight nation titles in 1974-1976. In all, A&I won 39 straight games, more than any other college in Texas history. A&I just had their third former player selected to the NFL pro football Hall of Fame.
John Randle, Gene Upshaw, and Darrell Green are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Notes & Quotes
Gordon Wood, one of the great all-time high school coaches got his final win of his 30 plus year career in 1985. The win was a 35-34 bi-district victory over Mineral Wells. Wood lost the following week to Lubbock Estacodo, his final game as a coach ... With MWHS dropping to Class 3A, all sports should be more competitive.
When a school of 950 faces schools with 1,800-plus students, many games can get one sided. The Rams and Lady Rams have been able to compete, but "compete" may change to one-sided in Mineral Wells' favor. It will be a tough go, but the Rams and Lady Rams will now have an equal chance in all areas ... Ram Tracking column was first written in 1974. It hasn't seen this newspaper since the mid-80's. Some of you may wish you didn't have to see it again. But I have a love for MWHS athletics and wanted to get more involved. You will be glad to know that you will not have to hear from me but once per week.