This fall marks Baylor football's 64th and final season at Floyd Casey Stadium before the Bears move back to campus with the opening of Baylor Stadium in 2014.
To celebrate the stadium's history, we asked two longtime Baylor football followers, Bear Foundation Communications Director Jerry Hill and "Voice of the Bears" John Morris, BA '80, to take stabs at drafting their own "All-Floyd Casey" teams from the scores of players who have donned the green and gold since 1950.
Hill has covered the Bears regularly for more than a quarter-century, first as the Waco Tribune-Herald's beat writer and then since 2008 as editor of the Baylor Bear Insider. Morris' voice has been heard on Baylor radio broadcasts since 1987, first alongside the legendary Frank Fallon and as the main play-by-play man since 1995. Both Hill and Morris are closing in on 300 consecutive games covered.
Each was asked to make 10 picks toward a team of the best players in Floyd Casey history as if they were preparing to construct an entire starting lineup. Hill won a coin toss and got the first pick; selections then alternated between the two following the "snake" order common to many fantasy sports drafts. Their selections follow, along with a brief explanation of each pick.
Since Floyd Casey Stadium debuted in 1950, the Bears have featured six College Football Hall of Famers (including head coach Grant Teaff) and 45 All-Americans. All 20 players chosen in this "draft" earned All-America honors at least once, and the group combined for 27 All-America seasons.
Who should have made one of these teams but didn't? Share your thoughts and memories of Floyd Casey's history with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.