Notable Buffs

This list is meant to be comprehensive. Please email alumni@wtamu.edu for additions. 

Due to the large number of football players, this list covers NFL and CFL but does not include Arena. 
Athletes must have been on a team’s active roster as well.
 

List Format

  • Name (years at WT) - Team/Occupation

NOTE: Years marked outside of (parenthesis) as '## is the person's WT graduation year.


Football    |    Baseball    |    Basketball    |    Bowling    |    Rodeo   

Soccer    |    Professional Wrestler    |    Non-Athlete Notables   |    Military Notables    |    COB Notables      


Football

  • George Allen (64-65) - Houston
  • Marc Andrews (66-67) - San Diego
  • Ralph Anderson (68-70) - Pittsburgh
  • Ray Armentrout (64-65) - Edmonton
  • Anthony Armstrong (01-04) - Washington Redskins
  • John Ayers (73-75) - Denver/San Francisco
  • Dag Azam (67-69) - Los Angeles
  • Milton Baker (78-81) - Washington
  • Dalton Bell (03-06) - Green Bay/Seattle/Carolina/Toronto
  • Carl Birdsong (77-78) - St. Louis
  • Cloyce Box '49, Detroit Lions
  • Bill Bradley (60-61) - San Diego
  • Bryan Braman '11 - Houston
  • Larry Brazon (67-68) - NY Giants
  • Carl Brown (71-73) - Kansas City
  • Kevin Brown (83-86) - Chicago
  • Ray Brown (68-70) - Atlanta
  • Willie Brown (67-68) - Washington
  • Tom Brownfield (72-73) - Miami
  • Jimmy Campbell (65-67) - San Diego
  • Tommy Coffey (56-58) - Edmonton
  • J.R. Compton (1987-88) - NY Giants
  • Bill Cross (47-50) - Chicago Cardinals
  • Tracy Dickson (72-74) - Dallas
  • Jess Lwood Dow (38-41) - Philadelphia, 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class
  • A.Z. Drones (67-68) - Los Angeles
  • Bobby Edward Duncum, Sr. (64-66) - St. Louis
  • Jerry Epps (1959) - Edmonton
  • William Fifer (73-77) - Detroit
  • Gary Finell (72-74) - San Diego
  • Terry Funk (64-66) - Kansas City
  • Dave Gasser (65-66) - Edmonton
  • Franco Glaze (97-98) - Calgary
  • Willard Goff (83-84) - Atlanta
  • Frank Goodish (67) - Toronto/Washington
  • Percy Green (65-66) - Detroit
  • Robin Ham (80-82) - Cleveland
  • Stan Hansen (68-70) - Baltimore
  • Newt Harrell (88-89) - LA Raiders
  • Antonio Harrison (98-99) - San Francisco
  • Steve Haterius (65-67) - Toronto
  • Floyd Headen (06-07) - Tampa Bay
  • Carl Heiman (67-68) - Vancouver
  • Darryl Hemphill (78-81) - Denver
  • Ed Holwig (70-71) - Vancouver
  • John Holt (77-80) - Indianapolis/Tampa Bay
  • Mike Hrncir (70-71) - Vancouver
  • John Jacobi (73-75) - Philadelphia
  • Alondra Johnson (86-87) - British Columbia/Calgary
  • Cort Johnson (06-08) - San Diego
  • Bryon Jones (67-68) - NY Giants
  • Floyd Jones (74-75) - Edmonton
  • Duane Joubert (92-95) - Calgary
  • Kolo Kapanui (06-07) - Cleveland
  • Glen Keller (76-79) - Atlanta
  • Bob Kelley (48-52) -  Philiadelphia
  • Meshel Kelson (74-75) - Tampa Bay
  • Tom Krempasky (64-66) - NY Giants
  • Doug Kriewald (64-66) - Chicago
  • Kareem Larrimore (98-99) - Dallas
  • Jeff Lloyd (73-75) - Seattle
  • Jerry Logan (60-62) - Baltimore
  • Rebert Mack (95-97) - Baltimore
  • Wilton Manley (62-64) - Dallas
  • Charly Martin (04-08) - Carolina, San Diego
  • Pat McCoy (04-05) - Atlanta, Philadelphia
  • Reggie McElroy (78-82) - NY Jets
  • Eddie Meyer (56-59) - Buffalo Bills
  • DeWayne Miles (97-00) - Lions/Vikings
  • Rick Mordecai (73-74) - Green Bay
  • James Morton (86, 88) - Tampa Bay
  • Mercury Morris (66-68) - Miami
  • Allen Mullins (72-74) - Dallas
  • Russell Mundy (62-64) - Houston
  • Ray McCowan (58-60) - Pittsburgh
  • Bill McKinney (69-71) - Kansas City, Chicago, Navy Seal
  • Don Nava (73-74) - Kansas City
  • Keith Null (05-08) – Carolina, St. Louis
  • Albie Owens (66-68) - Houston, NY Jets
  • Votie Patterson (85-87) - Chicago
  • Pete Pedro (61-63) - New England
  • Jim Perry (63) - Minnesota
  • Bob Petrich (61-62) - San Diego
  • Jesse Powell (66-68) - Miami
  • Billy Pritchett (71-73) - Cleveland
  • Roland Reichardt (68-69) - Los Angeles
  • Jerry Richardson (61-63) - San Francisco
  • Bo Robinson (75-78) - Detroit
  • Pat Schwenke (05-07) - Tampa Bay
  • Eugene Sims (08-09) - St. Louis
  • Dejuan Skinner (04-05) - Philadelphia
  • Merced Solis (72-74) - Kansas City/Vancouver
  • Dick Stamier (65) - Hamilton
  • Dave Szymakowski (65-67) - New Orleans
  • Ray Taupule (99-00) - Lions
  • Duane Thomas (67-68) - Dallas
  • Chaun Thompson (98-02) - Cleveland/Houston
  • Olan Thompson (68-70) - Baltimore
  • Ralph Thompson (69-70) - New Orleans
  • Rocky Thompson (68-71) - NY Giants
  • Frank Thrasher (60-61) - Calgary
  • Bill Uzzolino (64-65) - Hamilton
  • John Varnell (60-62) - Houston
  • Butch Waltersheid (63-66) - Washington
  • Curley Watters (66-68) - Denver
  • J’Marcus Webb (08-09) - Chicago
  • Earl West (62-64) - St. Louis
  • Ted Wheeler (64-66) - St. Louis
  • Devron Williams (95-96) - Tennessee
  • Burl Wood (65-66) - New England
  • David Wood (82-84) - Kansas City
  • Earl Wood (65-66) - Saskatchewan
  • Mike Zuffuto (66-67) - San Diego

Baseball

  • Tim Dubrule ’97 - Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • James Frisbee ’95 - Alexandria Aces, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Charlie Griffin '02 - Arizona Diamondbacks org.
  • Nathan Grindell ’96 - Cleveland Indians org.
  • Jackie McNellie ‘99 - Lafayette Bullfrogs, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Jason Patrick ‘94-97 - Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Javier Reyes ’97 - Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • David Thomas ’97 - San Diego Padres organization
  • Kevin Seibert ‘00 -‘01- Amarillo Dillas, Texas-Louisiana League
  • Jeff Sparks ‘94 - Tampa Bay Devil Rays/ Albany Alligators
  • Kent Wright ’08 - NY State League; AZ Winter League; Fort Worth Cats and Wichita Wingnuts, American Association; Amarillo Dillas, United League; Kalamazoo Kings and Rockford Riverhawks, Frontier League

Basketball

  • Emery Price Brookfield ('39-'42), 1942 Consensus First Team All American, AA Professional Baseball, Professional Basketball with Baltimore Bullets, Chicago American Gears, Anderson Pakers, Rochester Royals and more, Hels Foundation College Basketball Hall of Fame, Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame
  • Troy Lee Burrus ('52-'54), NCAA Honorable Mention All American, Phillips 66 Oilers, Furr's, Massachusetts Mutual, NAIA First Team All American
  • Maurice Cheeks (’74-’78) - At the time of his retirement from the NBA in 1993, Maurice Cheeks was the NBA all-time leader in steals and ranked fifth all-time in assists. Led the Philadelphia 76ers to the 1983 NBA Championship. Head coach of first the Portland Trailblazers and later the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • George Ray Colvin ('31-'34), Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame, Ogden Boosters, Reno Creameries, Denver Safeways, Denver Nuggets
  • Joe Cephis Fortenberry ('29-'32), credited as one of the first to slam dunk, credited as 'the cause' of the goaltending rule, Captain of the U.S. Gold Medal Olympic Basketball Team, Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame
  • Charles Pinkney "Shorty" Halbert, IV ('39, '42), Chicago Stags, Philadelophia Warriors, Boston Celtics, Washing Capitols, Baltimore Bullets, Chuck Taylor's All American Team, Converse Shoe Company Third Team All American
  • Simmie Hill, Jr. ('67-'69), Associated Press Honorable Mention All American, First Team All American, Los Angeles Stars, Miami Floridians, Dallas Chaparrals, San Diego Conquistadors, San Antonio Spurs
  • Clark Deak "Deacon" Johnson ('42-'43 and '45-'47), National Assoc of Intercollegiate Athletics Second Team All American
  • Jack Clinton Maddox ('40-'43), 1942 Madison Square Garden Second Team All American, U.S. Marines, Fleet Marine Force World Touring Team, Oshkosh All-Stars, Hammond Calumet Buccaneers, Indianapolis Jets
  • James Wayland Malone ('45-'48), National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics First Team All American

Bowling

  • Carolyn Dorin-Ballard '89, professional bowler
  • Jack Jurek '85, professional bowler
  • Marc McDowell '85, professional bowler
  • Mike Scroggins (82-86) - Professional Bowling Association

Rodeo

  • Stran T. Smith '07, Professional Rodeo Cowboy; 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper
  • Trevor Brazille, Professional Rodeo Cowboy; All Around Cowboy; 2-Time Steer Roping World Champion
  • Monty Lewis '03, Professional Rodeo Cowboy; 2004 World Champion Tie-Down Roper

Soccer

  • Davy Arnaud (00-02) - Kansas City Wizards
  • Beau Brown (93-96) - Dallas Sidekicks; Lafayette Swampcats; Utah Freezz
  • Vassar Cates (99-02) - Dallas Sidekicks
  • Josh Fender (02-05) - Laredo Heat
  • Lance Lemberg (95-96) - Lafayette Swampcats
  • Tomer Otor (04-07) - Hapoel Kamat HaSharon Soccer Club (Israel)
  • Jeremie Piette (98-01) - Puerto Rico Islanders; Charleston Battery; Toronto Lynx; Vancouver Whitecaps; Portmore United; Kansas City Wizards; FC Dallas
  • Mikey Remington (95-98) - Houston Hotshots
  • Ben Waldrum (00-01) - El Paso Patriots; Dallas Sidekicks

Professional Wrestler

  • Dory Funk Jr. - Dory Ernest Funk Jr.
  • “Stan Hansen” - John Stanley Hansen, Jr.
  • “Terry Funk” - Terrence Funk
  • “The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes - Virgil Riley Runnels, Jr.
  • “Bobby Duncum” - Bobby Duncum Sr.
  • "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase - Theodore Marvin DiBiase, Sr.
  • “Kelly Kiniski” – Kelly Kiniski
  • “Bruiser Brody” - Frank Donald Goodish
  • "The Raging Bull" Manny Fernandez - Emanuel Fernandez
  • “Tully Blanchard” - Tully Arthur Blanchard
  • “Tito Santana” - Merced Solis

Military Notables     Thank you for your Service to Our Country

  • William Cephus '74, awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Operation Desert Storm
  • Captain Ronald E. Childress Jr. '01, awarded the Bronze Star for service during Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Brigadier General Jesse Cross, U.S. Army, Retired, 50th Quartermaster General of the Army's Quartermaster Center and School, Bronze Star, Distinguished Member of the Quatermaster Regiment
  • Major General Ralph Pittman Cousins 1911, U.S. Army major general during World War II, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Force West Coast Training Center
  • Major General Raymond Earl Haddock '58, Retired, Served as Commander of U.S. Army Berlin during the last period of divided Berlin, WT ROTC Hall of Fame
  • Brigadier General Dr. Darryl H. Powell, MC '56, U.S. Army, Retired, Chief of Staff Big Spring VA Medical Center, WT ROTC Hall of Fame
  • Major General Elvin Jay Schofield '59, '70, U.S. Army, Retired, Commander 90th Army Reserve, WT ROTC Hall of Fame, The Elvin Jay Schofield Collection is on file in the Veterans History Project of the US Library of Congress
  • Ernie Vela, U.S. Army Major, awarded two bronze medals for work in Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Joe Don Vela Jr., U.S. Army Captain, awarded the bronze star for meritorious service during hostile operations in Vietnam
  • Colonel Don R. Watson '66, Retired, Vietnam Veteran, headed committee for WT's Veterans' Memorial, WT ROTC Hall of Fame
  • Major General Dr. James E. Whinnery, MD '68, U.S. Air National Guard, Retired, Assistant to the USAF Surgeon General
  • For a list of WT Soldiers who lost their lives in service to our country. 

Paul & Virginia Engler College of Business Notables

  • Joseph C. Austin '79, {CIS}
  • Ray Bain
  • Larry Combest '69, politician {BBA}
  • Nell Foust
  • Dickie Hunter '78, '80, {BS Agri Business & Economics, MBA}
  • Bill Klesse '73 {MBA}
  • John G. O'Brien '10 {Doctor of Education}
  • Helen Piehl '71 {BBA Business Education}
  • R. Dyke Rogers '70 {BBA General Business, Economics}
  • Stanley T. Sigman, AT&T Mobility CEO {BBA General Business, English}
  • John T. Smithee '73, Texas state representative since 1985 {BBA Business}
  • Johnny Trotter '15, {honorary doctorate}
  • Hazel Kelley Wilson, {honorary doctorate}

Non-Athlete Notables

  • Mody C. Boatright '22, folklorist, educator, author
  • Ulane Bonnel '40, naval historian 
  • Candace Camp '71, author
  • Brad Garner '78, '79, professional flutist
  • Susan Gibson, CMA award-winning songwriter of "Wide Open Spaces"
  • J. Evetts Haley, historian and political activist
  • Kaylee Anne Keith '12, Miss West Texas 2011, NBA Cheerleader/Dancer for San Antonio Spurs 2012-2013
  • Steve Kragthorpe, college football head coach
  • Buddy Knox '56, recording artist 
  • Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks
  • Steven C. McCraw '79, '81, Texas Director of Department of Public Safety
  • Dr. Evelyn Milam '42, President, Cottey College
  • Donna Marie (Musshorn) Miller '78, author
  • Mrs. Helen Neal '62, first African American graduate
  • Dr. Fred Oberst '27, medical researcher, biochemist, teacher
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, artist (faculty member)
  • Anita Thigpen Perry, former First Lady of Texas
  • Donald Powell, former Chairman of the FDIC and Current Federal Coordinator of Gulf Coast Rebuilding
  • Jay Olin Reed '42, WT football player (number retired), coach, teacher and administrator
  • Bruce Robison, hit country songwriter ("Travelin' Soldier", Angry All The Time, Desperately) and singer
  • Marsha Sharp, women's basketball coach
  • Stran T. Smith '07, Professional Rodeo Cowboy; 2008 World Champion Tie-Down Roper
  • Red Steagall '60, country singer and Western poet
  • French Stewart, actor
  • Dr. Doug Watson '72, Professor of English, inducted in to Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame