Football is a religion in Texas, so much so that the state has a hall of fame for high school football, aptly named the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. Just yesterday, two former Texas Longhorns and fairly notable names in Derrick Johnson and Jordan Shipley were inducted into it.
Congrats to the newest members of Texas HS Football Hall of Fame! Texas legends! Derrick Johnson and Jordan Shipley! pic.twitter.com/aLqD6pfCbF
— Anthony Geronimo (@ATXANT10) May 9, 2015
Johnson, currently a linebacker with the Kansas City Chiefs, starred at Waco High School before heading to Austin and becoming a two-time All-American and Dick Butkus Award winner. Kansas City drafted him with the 15th pick in 2005 and he has since made three Pro Bowls while accumulating 874 tackles, 22.5 sacks, 11 interceptions and 20 forced fumbles.
Shipley was no slouch himself, catching 248 passes for 3,191 yards and 33 scores as former Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy’s favorite target. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted him in the third round, but injuries limited him to three seasons and he ended his career with 79 receptions for 858 yards and four touchdowns. He currently works in television.
Both players may have ended up on vastly different career paths, but one thing is certain. Neither one could do anything significant from this day forth, and the Lone Star State would STILL consider them heroes because of how they played football at one short point in their lives.