Baylor Professionals of Houston present John McClain (BA '75)
Hear from one of the most prominent voices in NFL media for over four decades!
Thursday, September 8 - The Baylor Professionals of Houston present distinguished journalist and Baylor alumnus John McClain (BA '75) as part of their annual speaker series. John recently retired after 47 years working for the Houston Chronicle as a sports journalist and has a plaque in the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his contributions. We invite you to join Baylor University alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends for a luncheon at the Junior League beginning at 11:30 a.m. to hear from one of the most prominent voices in NFL media for over four decades!
- Individual: $35
- Table of 8: $300
Registration to the event includes lunch and a donation to the Houston Professionals Scholarship Fund, which supports current/future students at Baylor University.
Location:Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027
Parking: provided free of charge to all event attendees. The Junior League of Houston has a covered parking garage on-site.
About our Speaker
John McClain (BA '75)
Hall of Fame Sportswriter
John retired earlier this spring after 47 years working for the Houston Chronicle as a sports journalist. He is widely recognized as a key source for news relating to the Houston Oilers/Texans, but covered countless other sporting events in his career.
A Waco native, McClain’s sportswriting career began while he was a student at McLennan Community College, when he took a job covering local high school football games for the Waco Tribune-Herald. He was soon hooked. McClain transferred to Baylor to pursue a journalism degree, going to classes by day and writing for the Trib full-time at night. His early influences included three Baylor Bears: journalism professor David McHam, Dave Campbell (BA ’50), and fellow Baylor alum Tony Pederson (BA ’73), who went on to serve as managing editor at the Chronicle.
Pederson brought McClain to Houston in 1976, where his career thrived. He began by covering hockey and the old Houston Aeros, but soon moved to football, which would become his calling card. For many years, McClain was the Chronicle‘s beat writer for the Houston Oilers; after they moved to Tennessee, he continued using his connections as the paper’s lead NFL writer. A fixture on radio and social media (with almost 150,000 followers on Twitter), McClain built a national reputation for his football insights.
In 2006, McClain was recognized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Dick McCann Memorial Award for distinction in covering the NFL. In April, the Houston Texans honored him by unveiling the John McClain Media Wall of Fame in NRG Stadium’s press box. And in May, he was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as a part of the shrine’s 2022 class of media members, bringing his career full-circle with an honor housed in his hometown, right across the street from his alma mater.
His contributions as a sports writer continue to make an impact as he serves on the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Seniors Committee and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Committee.
The Brenda M. Morris Baylor Business Network of Houston Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 to support greater Houston area School of Business students and is awarded based on need and merit. Brenda M. Morris retired as senior executive director of the Baylor Alumni Network and as director of the Baylor Business Network. Morris worked for the Network for 11 years, and for the university for 22 years. The endowed scholarship was named after Brenda to honor her service to the University.
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