Charlie Hennigan

Charles Taylor Hennigan, Sr. (March 19, 1935 – December 20, 2017) was an American football player with the former Houston Oilers of the American Football League (AFL).[1]

Charlie Hennigan
No. 37, 87
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born:March 19, 1935
Bienville, Louisiana
Died:December 20, 2017 (aged 82)
Humble, Texas
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school:Minden (LA)
College:Northwestern State
Undrafted:1960
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:410
Receiving yards:6,823
Touchdowns:51
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Background

Born in Bienville in Bienville Parish in north Louisiana, Hennigan was reared in nearby Minden, the parish seat of Webster Parish, located thirty miles east of Shreveport. His father, Clarence Roland Hennigan (1905–1992),[2] was still a sheriff's deputy when he died at the age of eighty-seven, having served under Webster Parish Sheriffs J. D. Batton, O. H. Haynes, Jr., and Royce L. McMahen. He was the oldest serving sheriff's deputy in the state. Deputy Hennigan said that the crime rate at the time was a fraction of what it became in later decades. Hennigan referred to Batton and the two successor sheriffs as "all quite capable of the job. They were all decent, honorable, honest people, and I'm proud to have been able to have worked with them."[3]

His mother, Lura E. Hennigan (1916–1997),[2] though originally Baptist became a Pentecostal minister, piano teacher, and artist. She wrote a regular column entitled "The Abundant Life" for the Minden Press-Herald.[4]

Hennigan graduated in 1953 from Minden High School, where he excelled in football, basketball, and track as well as academics.

Football career

Hennigan attended LSU on a track scholarship but wanted to play football. He therefore transferred to Northwestern State University (then Northwestern State College) in Natchitoches, Louisiana, where he became the star of the team. In 1960, he joined the American Football League's Houston Oilers in the team's first year of operation. Prior to joining the Oilers, he had taught high school biology at a salary of some $2,700 per year. He kept his teacher pay stub in his helmet to remind him that he must succeed in pro athletics.

Hennigan scored the first touchdown in Oilers history, catching a 43-yard touchdown pass from George Blanda in the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders. That year, he caught 44 passes for 722 yards, averaging 16.4 yard per catch. He had six touchdowns. In the 1960 American Football League Championship Game, he caught four passes for 71 yards as the Oilers prevailed 24-16 to win the inaugural AFL title over the Los Angeles Chargers. After a promising rookie season, in 1961, he started all 14 games and established himself as a superstar in the AFL by gaining 1,746 yards receiving with 12 touchdowns, the former being a pro football record that stood for 34 years. In October alone, he had 822 receiving yards, the most in a single calendar month. One of quarterback George Blanda’s main targets, Hennigan was the second professional football player to catch more than a hundred passes in a single season (101 in 1964, an AFL record) and to twice gain over 1,500 yards receiving (1961 and 1964). He holds the all-time records for most games in a season with over 200 yards receiving with three, and most games in a season with over 100 yards receiving with 11. Hennigan had the All-time AFL single game record of 272 yards receiving, against the Boston Patriots on October 13, 1961. The 13 passes caught in the game is tied for the most ever in the AFL, shared with Lance Alworth, Lionel Taylor, and Sid Blanks. In the 1961 American Football League Championship Game, he had five catches for 43 yards as the Oilers prevailed for their second and final AFL title.

On January 19, 1962, Minden observed "Charlie Hennigan" Day. Then State Senator Harold Montgomery, State Representative, Parey Branton, Mayor Frank T. Norman, and other local officials presented Hennigan with a signed document of his accomplishments. A luncheon and evening meal were served in his honor.[5] The event was postponed because of hazardous weather the previous week.[6] That year, he had 54 catches for 867 yards with eight touchdowns. In the AFL title game, he had three catches for 37 yards, but the Oilers lost in double overtime to the Dallas Texans.

Hennigan was selected by his peers as a Sporting News AFL All-League offensive end in 1961, 1962, and 1964. He was an American Football League Eastern Division All-Star five straight years (1961 - 1965), and retired after the 1966 season. He was selected to the All-Time All-AFL Second Team.

Over four decades later, Blanda recounted a story about Hennigan in the 2009 series Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League. He noted that Willie Brown had been signed by the Oilers in 1963 before being cut during training camp because he couldn't cover Hennigan, which led to the Denver Broncos picking him up. He stated that "The next year we played Denver, and Charley needed nine catches to break Lionel Taylor's record of one hundred receptions in a season. Charlie got the nine he needed, with Willie covering him. Willie's in the Hall of Fame. Charlie Hennigan should be, too."

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Hennigan to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2014 [7]

Later years

In 1967, Hennigan received his doctorate in education from the University of Houston.[8] Hennigan operated an educational tutoring service in Shreveport and worked with prisoners seeking the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Hennigan had seven children, the oldest being Charles, Jr., who was born in Natchitoches in 1957.

He was named to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1978. [9]

On April 6, 2002, Hennigan, then a Democrat but a registered Independent as of 2014,[10] ran in a special election for Place 8 on the Caddo Parish Commission, his parish's governing body. He was defeated by Republican Michael Long, 2,139 votes (74.9 percent) to 716 ballots (25.1 percent).

On December 20, 2017, Hennigan died at the age of 82.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Former Oilers Great Charlie Hennigan Passes Away". Tennessee Titans. Archived from the original on December 23, 2017. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Clarence Roland Hennigan". findagrave.com. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  3. ^ Teri Herren (February 5, 1986). "Deputy C. R. Hennigan: 80-years young and still upholding the law". Minden Press-Herald. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Lura Hennigan: Sacrifice of Thanksgiving", Minden Press-Herald, November 16, 1984, p. 5
  5. ^ "Hero's Welcome Given Local Pro Grid Athlete", Minden Press, January 22, 1962, p. 1
  6. ^ "Second Attempt Set for Charlie Hennigan Day", Minden Herald, January 18, 1962, p. 1
  7. ^ "Professional Researchers Association Hall of Very Good Class of 2014". Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Charles Henningan to Get Doctor's Degree", Minden Press-Herald, June 2, 1967
  9. ^ https://nsudemons.com/news/2017/12/21/demon-football-demon-legend-charlie-hennigan-among-nfls-all-time-receiving-greats-dead-at-82.aspx
  10. ^ "Charles Hennigan, March 1935". Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved September 12, 2014.
  11. ^ https://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/texans/article/Oilers-great-Charlie-Hennigan-passes-away-12447887.php

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Records
Preceded by
Elroy Hirsch
NFL single-season receiving record
1961–1995
Succeeded by
Jerry Rice
1960 American Football League draft

The 1960 American Football League draft was held on November 22–23, 1959, in Minneapolis, shortly after the organization of the league, and lasted 33 rounds. An additional draft of 20 rounds was held by the AFL on December 2.

1960 Oakland Raiders season

The 1960 Oakland Raiders season was the inaugural one for the franchise and for the American Football League. Head coach Eddie Erdelatz led the team to a 6–8 finish, third out of four teams in the Western Division.

1961 All-AFL Team

The 1961 American Football League All-League Team was selected after the 1961 American Football League (AFL) season by five separate entities: current AFL players, the Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), New York Daily News (NY), and The Sporting News (SN), and was published by The Sporting News. Each selector chose a first team at each position and second team at select positions.

1962 All-AFL Team

The 1962 American Football League All-League Team was selected after the 1962 American Football League (AFL) season by three separate entities: current AFL players, the Associated Press (AP), and United Press International (UPI), and was published by The Sporting News. The AFL players only selected a first team, while the AP and UPI also selected second teams at some positions.

1962 American Football League Championship Game

The 1962 American Football League Championship Game was played on December 23 at Jeppesen Stadium in Houston, Texas. The host Houston Oilers (11–3) of the Eastern Division were trying for their third consecutive AFL title, matched against the Western Division's Dallas Texans, also at 11–3.

American Football League

The American Football League (AFL) was a major professional American football league that operated for ten seasons from 1960 until 1969, when it merged with the older National Football League (NFL), and became the American Football Conference. The upstart AFL operated in direct competition with the more established NFL throughout its existence. It was more successful than earlier rivals to the NFL with the same name, the 1926, 1936 and 1940 leagues, and the later All-America Football Conference (which existed between 1944 and 1950 but only played between 1946 and 1949).

This fourth version of the AFL was the most successful, created by a number of owners who had been refused NFL expansion franchises or had minor shares of NFL franchises. The AFL's original lineup consisted of an Eastern division of the New York Titans, Boston Patriots, Buffalo Bills, and the Houston Oilers, and a Western division of the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Dallas Texans. The league first gained attention by signing 75% of the NFL's first-round draft choices in 1960, including Houston's successful signing of college star and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon.

While the first years of the AFL saw uneven competition and low attendance, the league was buttressed by a generous television contract with the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (followed by a contract with the competing National Broadcasting Company (NBC) for games starting with the 1965 season) that broadcast the more offense-oriented football league nationwide. Continuing to attract top talent from colleges and the NFL by the mid-1960s, as well as successful franchise shifts of the Chargers from L.A. south to San Diego and the Texans north to Kansas City (becoming the Kansas City Chiefs), the AFL established a dedicated following. The transformation of the struggling Titans into the New York Jets under new ownership further solidified the league's reputation among the major media.

As fierce competition made player salaries skyrocket in both leagues, especially after a series of "raids", the leagues agreed to a merger in 1966. Among the conditions were a common draft and a championship game played between the two league champions first played in early 1967, which would eventually become known as the Super Bowl.

The AFL and NFL operated as separate leagues until 1970, with separate regular season and playoff schedules except for the championship game. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle also became chief executive of the AFL from July 26, 1966, through the completion of the merger. During this time the AFL expanded, adding the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals. After losses by Kansas City and Oakland in the first two AFL-NFL World Championship Game to the Green Bay Packers (1967/1968), the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowls III and IV (1969/1970) respectively, cementing the league's claim to being an equal to the NFL.

In 1970, the AFL was absorbed into the NFL and the league reorganized with the ten AFL franchises along with the previous NFL teams Baltimore Colts, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers becoming part of the newly-formed American Football Conference.

Bienville, Louisiana

Bienville is a village in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 218 at the 2010 census.

Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Bienville Parish (French: Paroisse de Bienville) is a parish located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,353. The parish seat is Arcadia.The highest natural point in Louisiana, a hill known as Mt. Driskill, 535 feet (163 m) in elevation, is located in north central Bienville Parish. The mountain is located on private land with public access by walking trail. It is named for James Christopher Driskill, a 19th-century landowner. Nearby is Jordan Mountain, with an elevation of 493 feet (150 m).

Lake Bistineau and Lake Bistineau State Park embrace parts of Bienville and neighboring Webster and Bossier parishes.

Elroy Hirsch

Elroy Leon "Crazylegs" Hirsch (June 17, 1923 – January 28, 2004) was an American football player, sport executive and actor. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He was also named to the all-time All-Pro team selected in 1968 and to the National Football League (NFL) 1950s All-Decade Team.

A native of Wausau, Wisconsin, Hirsch played college football as a halfback at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Michigan, helping to lead both the 1942 Badgers and the 1943 Wolverines to No. 3 rankings in the final AP Polls. He received the nickname "Crazylegs" (sometimes "Crazy Legs") for his unusual running style.

Hirsch served in the United States Marine Corps from 1944 to 1946 and then played professional football in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) for the Chicago Rockets from 1946 to 1948 and in the NFL for the Los Angeles Rams from 1949 to 1957. During the 1951 season, Hirsch helped lead the Rams to the NFL championship and tied or broke multiple NFL records with 1,495 receiving yards, an average of 124.6 receiving yards per game (still the third highest season average in NFL history), and 17 touchdown receptions.

Hirsch had a brief career as a motion picture actor in the 1950s and served as the general manager for the Rams from 1960 to 1969 and as the athletic director for the University of Wisconsin from 1969 to 1987.

Ethma Odum

Ethma Elaine Ewing Odum (June 23, 1931 – March 22, 2009) was a television host of her own The Ethma Odum Show, a program geared to homemakers which was broadcast for more than twenty years during the 1960s and 1970s on KALB-TV, the NBC affiliate in her native Alexandria, Louisiana. KALB directly services ten parishes in Central Louisiana.

Fred Haynes

Freddie Lynn Haynes, known as Fred Haynes (March 29, 1946—November 5, 2006), was an American football player for the Louisiana State University Tigers from 1966 to 1968, having climaxed his three-season career by successfully quarterbacking both the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, in calendar year 1968. Because of his stature and weight, he did not play professionally after college but entered business in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Hennigan

Hennigan is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Brian Hennigan, British novelist, producer and director

Charlie Hennigan (1935-2017), American football player

Gilbert Franklin Hennigan (1883–1960), US senator instrumental in the creation of McNeese State University as a four-year college

John Hennigan (politician), Irish politician and farmer

John Hennigan (poker player), American professional poker player from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Morrison (wrestler), (born John Hennigan, 1979), American former professional wrestler

Maura Hennigan, the Clerk Magistrate of the Suffolk County, Massachusetts Superior Court Criminal/Business Division

Mike Hennigan (born 1942), English former professional football player and manager

Phil Hennigan (1946–2016), right-handed former Major League Baseball pitcher

History of the Houston Oilers

The professional American football team now known as the Tennessee Titans previously played in Houston, Texas as the Houston Oilers from 1960 to 1996. The Oilers began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The team won two AFL championships before joining the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in the late 1960s.

The Oilers competed in the East Division (along with Buffalo, New York and Boston) of the AFL before the merger, after which they joined the newly formed AFC Central. The Oilers throughout their existence were owned by Bud Adams and played their home games at the Astrodome for the majority of their time in Houston (Jeppesen Stadium and Rice Stadium hosted the Oilers for their first eight years).

The Oilers were the first champions of the American Football League, winning the 1960 and 1961 contests, but never again won another championship. The Oilers appeared in the 1962 AFL Championship, losing in double overtime to their in-state rivals, the Dallas Texans; they also won the AFL East Division title in 1967 and qualified for the AFL Playoffs in 1969, both times losing to the Oakland Raiders. From 1978 to 1980, the Oilers, led by Bum Phillips and in the midst of the Luv Ya Blue campaign, appeared in the 1978 and 1979 AFC Championship Games (but lost both). The Oilers were a consistent playoff team from 1987 to 1993, an era that included both of the Oilers' only division titles (1991 and 1993), as well as the dubious distinction of being on the losing end of the largest comeback in NFL history. For the rest of the Oilers' time in Houston, however, they compiled losing seasons in almost every year outside the aforementioned high points.

The Oilers' main colors were Columbia blue and white, with scarlet trim, while their logo was a simple derrick. Oilers jerseys were always Columbia blue for home and white for away. The helmet color was Columbia blue with a white derrick from 1960 through 1965, silver with a Columbia blue derrick from 1966 through 1971, and Columbia blue with a white and scarlet derrick from 1972 through 1974, before changing to a white helmet with a Columbia blue derrick beginning in 1975 and lasting the remainder of the team's time in Houston.

Owner Bud Adams, who had openly threatened to move the team since the late 1980s, relocated the Oilers to Tennessee after the 1996 season, where they were known as the Tennessee Oilers for the 1997 and 1998 seasons. The Oilers played the 1997 season in Memphis before moving to Nashville in 1998. In 1999, to coincide with the opening of their new stadium, Adams changed the team name to the Tennessee Titans and the color scheme from Columbia Blue, Scarlet, and White to Titans Blue, Navy, White, and Silver with scarlet accents. The new Titans franchise retained the Oilers' team history and records, while the team name was officially retired by then-NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, thus preventing a future Houston NFL team from using the name.The NFL would return to Houston in 2002 with a new franchise, the Houston Texans.

Lionel Taylor

Lionel Thomas Taylor (born August 15, 1935) is a former American football wide receiver who led the American Football League (AFL) in receptions for five of the first six years of the league's existence.

List of American Football League players

The following is a list of men who played for the American Football League (AFL, 1960–1969).

List of people from Shreveport, Louisiana

A list of notable people from Shreveport, Louisiana includes:

Evelyn Ashford, winner of sprint gold medals at the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics

Ransom Ashley, actor and photographer

Douglas F. Attaway (1910–1994), publisher of defunct Shreveport Journal 1957–1976 and former owner of CBS affiliate KSLA-TV

K. D. Aubert, actress and former fashion model

Kevyn Aucoin, makeup artist and photographer

Alan Autry, actor, football player and politician

Scott Baker, Major League Baseball pitcher

Arnaz Battle, Notre Dame and NFL player

Jerry Beach (1941–2016), blues guitarist, Grammy nominee

Ron Bean (1938–2005), state senator and former helicopter pilot for President Richard M. Nixon

Albert Belle, Major League Baseball outfielder, 5-time All-Star

Brady Blade, musician and entrepreneur

John David Booty, Evangel Academy, USC and Houston Texans quarterback

Josh Booty, Evangel Academy, NFL quarterback and MLB third baseman

Abram Booty, Evangel Academy, LSU Wide Receiver and Josh Booty's brother

Betsy Vogel Boze, president and CEO, College of The Bahamas

John Boozman, U.S. Senator from Arkansas

Terry Bradshaw, Hall of Fame quarterback (4-time Super Bowl winner for Pittsburgh Steelers) and TV commentator

Tim Brando (born 1956), radio and CBS sportscaster

Kix Brooks, country musician (Brooks & Dunn)

Algie D. Brown (1910–2004), attorney and state representative from 1948–1972

Raleigh Brown, Texas House of Representatives and judge

Roy Brun, district judge and former Republican state legislator

James Burton, guitarist

Bryan Edward Bush, Jr. (1934–2010), East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney, 1985–1989

Charles C. "Hondo" Campbell (1948–2016), 17th Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command; last surviving general who fought in Vietnam

John Campbell, Blues guitarist

Barney Cannon (1955–2009), Country music deejay on KWKH radio

Pat Carroll (born 1927), stage, film and television actress, voiced Disney's Ursula

Cecil K. Carter, Jr. (1929–1987), politician

Hurricane Chris, rapper

Van Cliburn (1934–2013), concert pianist

Johnnie Cochran (1937–2005), criminal defense attorney for O. J. Simpson

Charlie Cook, author of The Cook Political Report; graduated from Captain Shreve High School, class of 1972

Kyle Craft, singer-songwriter and musician; former member of the indie rock band Gashcat

Rodricus Crawford, convicted in 2013 for murdering year-old son in Shreveport

Keyunta Dawson, Evangel Academy, New Orleans Saints football player

George W. D'Artois (1925–1977), public safety commissioner

Jackson B. Davis (1918-2016), attorney and state senator (1956–1980)

Jordan Davis, singer

Wendell Davis, American football player, WR Fairpark HS, LSU, 1st round pick Chicago Bears 1988-95

Kenny Davidson, American football player, DE, Huntington HS, LSU, NFL Steelers, Oilers, Bengals 1990-1996

Chi Chi DeVayne (born 1985), drag queen and entertainer, contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race season 8 (Where they placed 4th) as well as the third season of "RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars" (Where they were the fourth eliminated queen, placing 6th).

Monroe E. Dodd (1878–1952), pastor of First Baptist Church of Shreveport, 1912–1950; pioneer radio minister; founder of Dodd College for Girls

Forrest Dunn (born 1928), state legislator and director of the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport

D.L. Dykes, Jr. (1917–1997), former pastor of First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, 1955–1984

Pap Dean (1915–2011), cartoonist for The Shreveport Times

David Egan (1954–2016), musician

Chris Elrod, Christian comedian and writer

John D. Ewing, publisher of Shreveport Times, radio station owner

Robert Ewing, publisher of Shreveport Times

Clyde Fant (1905–1973), mayor of Shreveport from 1946–1954 and 1958–1970

Joe Ferguson, football quarterback, Woodlawn High, Arkansas Razorbacks and NFL

Eddie Fisher (born 1936), baseball pitcher, 1959-1973

J. Howell Flournoy (1891–1966), Caddo Parish sheriff from 1940–1966

John McWilliams Ford (1880–1965), former mayor (1918–1922) and finance commissioner (1930–1965)

Frank Fulco (1907–1999), state representative from 1956–1972 and leader of Italian American community in Louisiana

James C. Gardner (1924–2010), mayor of Shreveport, 1954–1958

Davidson Garrett (born 1952 in Shreveport), actor/poet a.k.a. King Lear of the Taxi

Billy Guin, public utilities commissioner, 1977–1978; Caddo Parish School Board 1964–1970; pioneer of Republican Party in parish

Don Hathaway, public works commissioner, 1970–1978; sheriff of Caddo Parish 1980–2000

Lloyd Hendrick (1908–1951), state senator for Caddo and DeSoto parishes, 1940–1948; Shreveport attorney

Charlie Hennigan, football player for Houston Oilers

Jacob Hester, Evangel Academy, San Diego Chargers football player

Morley A. Hudson (1917–2001), state representative, pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Hubert D. Humphreys (1923–2009), historian

John S. Hunt, II (1928–2001), Monroe attorney, Ruston native, member of Louisiana Public Service Commission, 1964–1972; resided in Shreveport

Hurricane Chris, rapper

Antawn Jamison, professional basketball player, 1998-2014

J. Bennett Johnston Jr., U.S. senator for Louisiana

Bill Joyce, children's author

Bill P. Keith, former state senator from Caddo Parish, author in Longview

Huddie William Ledbetter ('Leadbelly'), blues guitarist and singer

David Allen Lee, punter for Baltimore Colts, 1966–1978

Lloyd E. Lenard (1922–2008), Caddo Parish commissioner, businessman, author, pioneer of Republican Party in Louisiana

Jim Leslie (1937–1976), Shreveport journalist and public relations specialist, assassinated in Baton Rouge

Russell B. Long, U.S. Senator for Louisiana

Joshua Logan (1908–1988), Broadway director of South Pacific and Mister Roberts, born in Texarkana, Texas, but reared in Shreveport

Charlton Lyons (1894–1973), Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1964 and congressional candidate in 1961; Republican state chairman, 1964–1968

Hall Lyons (1923–1998), Republican congressional candidate from Lafayette in 1966 and American Party nominee for U.S. Senate in 1972; Shreveport native, died in Jefferson Parish; son of Charlton Lyons

Susybelle Lyons (1923–2007), socialite and philanthropist, daughter-in-law of Charlton H. Lyons, Sr.

Max T. Malone, Republican state senator and businessman

Judi Ann Mason, film and television writer

Billy McCormack (1928–2012), Shreveport Baptist pastor and founding director of Christian Coalition of America

Jim McCrery, Congressman from Fourth District (R)

P.J. Mills, state representative, banker, businessman (D)

Danny Ray Mitchell, state representatives

Paul Mooney, comedian

Randle T. Moore (1874–1957), banker, lumberman

Cecil Morgan (1898–1999), state legislator, led impeachment of Huey Pierce Long, Jr., in 1929; later Standard Oil Company executive

Taylor W. O'Hearn (1907–1997), state legislator and pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Bob Oliver, Major League Baseball player, 1965-1975

B.F. O'Neal, Jr. (1922–2004), state legislator and pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Tricia O'Neil, actress

James George Palmer (1875–1952) Mayor of Shreveport, 1930–1932

Mitchell Parish, lyricist for "Stardust", "Sleigh Ride" and "Stars Fell on Alabama"

Robert Parish (born 1953), basketball Hall of Famer, Centenary College and NBA

Louis Pendleton (1931–2007) dentist and civil rights activist

Rupert R. Peyton (1899–1982), state representative (1932–1936) and journalist-historian

Chase Pittman (1994-current), played college football at LSU and in the NFL for several years.

Jerry Pournelle, essayist, journalist and science fiction author

Robert G. Pugh (1924–2007), attorney, civic leader, gubernatorial advisor

Michael Qualls (born 1994), basketball player for Hapoel Gilboa Galil of the Israeli Basketball Premier League

Kevin Rahm, actor

Claibe Richardson, guitarist and songwriter

Norman L. Richardson (1935–1999), Shreveport Times journalist known for coverage of hurricanes

Buddy Roemer (born 1943), former Governor of Louisiana

Brittney Rogers, Miss Louisiana USA 2003

Jeffrey D. Sadow (born 1962), political scientist, columnist, professor at Louisiana State University in Shreveport

David B. Samuel (1874–1937), state representative and longtime Shreveport city judge (1916–1937)

Jean Oliver Sartor (1919–2007), artist influential in establishment of Barnwell Center in Shreveport

George W. Shannon (1914–1998), former editor of defunct Shreveport Journal

Virginia Kilpatrick Shehee (1923–2015), businesswoman and Louisiana state senator, 1976–1980

Kenny Wayne Shepherd, blues guitarist

Phil Short (born 1947), state senator for St. Tammany Parish

Andy Sidaris (1931–2007), Hollywood film producer, director, actor, and screenwriter

Art Sour (1924–2000), state legislator and pioneer of Republican Party in Caddo Parish

Freddie Spencer (born 1961), Grand Prix motorcycle champion, won 250cc and 500cc in 1985

Tommy Spinks (1948–2007), football wide receiver, Woodlawn High School, Louisiana Tech, and Minnesota Vikings

Tom Stagg (1923–2015), U.S. District Court judge

Hal Sutton, professional golfer, 1983 PGA Championship winner and 2004 Ryder Cup captain

Liz Swaine, former broadcast journalist; candidate for mayor of Shreveport in 2006

Stromile Swift, NBA player, 2000-2009

Brenda Sykes, actress

Gregory Tarver, city council member and state senator

Stanley R. Tiner (born 1942), editor of defunct Shreveport Journal, retired executive editor of The Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi, which won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Hurricane Katrina coverage

Randy Thom, sound designer

David Toms, professional golfer, 2001 PGA Championship winner

Wayne Waddell (born 1948), Republican former state legislator and businessman

Lorenz J. "Lo" Walker, a retired United States Air Force colonel and mayor of Bossier City since 2005, born in Shreveport and graduated from Fair Park High School in 1951

Taijuan Walker, pitcher for Arizona Diamondbacks

Todd Walker, baseball player for seven MLB teams, lived in Bossier City

Donald Ellsworth Walter, judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, U.S. attorney for the Western District, 1969–1977, based in Shreveport

Vernon Wells, baseball player for three MLB teams

Hank Williams, Jr., country music singer

Monk Williams, football player

Richard Williams, tennis coach and father and coach to Venus and Serena Williams

Don W. Williamson (born 1927), retired businessman, school board president, state representative, and state senator

Jimmy Wilson (1931–1986), mayor of Vivian, 1966–1972; state representative, 1972–1976; Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, 1978, 1980

Jesse Winchester, (born 1944), musician, songwriter

Faron Young (1932–1996), country singer/songwriter; member of Country Music Hall of Fame

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame is located in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum – Natchitoches in a new facility in the downtown historic district in Natchitoches, Louisiana. After years of planning and construction, the LHOF opened on June 28, 2013. Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, whose office handles state tourism matters, was on hand for the grand opening.

The museum had been fifty-five years in search of a permanent home. Many of the artifacts had previously been stored at Prather Coliseum on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. Because of Hurricane Katrina there had been fear that the proposed museum would be deleted from approved projects in 2005 by the Louisiana Bond Commission. Then State Representative Taylor Townsend, however, informed Hall of Fame executive director Doug Ireland that the sports museum, unlike other similar proposals, had survived the vetting process. Natchitoches Mayor Lee Posey said the museum is a "tremendous" boost to Natchitoches-area tourism.

Northwestern State Demons and Lady Demons

The Northwestern State University athletic teams go by the Demons, with women's athletic teams generally called the Lady Demons, and its mascot is Vic the Demon. Once a member of the SIAA conference, the school now competes in the Southland Conference.

"Fork 'em" is a hand gesture and slogan used by students at Northwestern State University in their celebration of sports teams. The gesture is performed by curling the ring and middle fingers under the thumb against the palm, and extending the pinky and index fingers – identical in fashion to the University of Texas "Hook 'em Horns" gesture.

On March 17, 2006, NSU's 14th-seeded basketball team shocked the college basketball world by defeating 3rd-seeded, 11th-ranked, Big Ten Conference tournament champion Iowa in the first round of the 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on a late three-pointer by Jermaine Wallace. NSU was the lowest-seeded team to advance to the second round in 2006. NSU's men's basketball team also won the inaugural play-in game, beating the Winthrop University Eagles 71–67 in 2001 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament to advance to the 16th-seeded spot. In doing so, the Demons became the first #16 seed to earn a victory in the NCAA Tournament.NSU also has the distinction of being the only NCAA division IAA/FCS member to have 2 NFL rookies of the year. In 1981, Delaney, running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, was awarded the AFC Rookie of the year by UPI. In 1988, Stephens, another former Demon running back, of the New England Patriots, was named Offensive/AFC Rookie of the year. No other 4-year institution in the state of Louisiana has more than one. The pair of awards is more than won by Ohio State, Texas A&M and UCLA.

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