Bill Weaver

Bill Weaver was an outstanding all-around football guard at North Texas State in 1959-1961. As a junior, he served as a captain of the Eagles and was selected as first team All-Missouri Valley Conference. As a senior, Bill again was a captain of the North Texas eleven and was named to the All-Conference second team. He earned the first of his three varsity letters as a sophomore with the 1959 conference champion Eagles. In 1956, Bill was the leading lineman for the Class AAA State champion Garland Owls. That year Garland won 13 games and avenged its only defeat, a narrow early season loss to Cleburne, by downing the previously undefeated Yellowjackets for the regional championship. Garland won the State championship with a 3-to-0 decision over Nederland, playing in swamp-like conditions at its opponent's stadium with the area flooded by a torrential downpour. Nederland coach, Bum Phillps, described Bill as the best high school player I ever saw. Owl coach, Bill Ellington, said he was so quick he escaped a lot of blocks and strong enough to fight off others and get to the ball. Bill was named to the Dallas Times Herald All-State first team and was recognized on other All-State selections as well. He was the only Owl selected for the Dallas Morning News All-Greater Dallas first team and also was first-team All-District. As a junior, Bill was one of the standouts for the 13-1 State finalist Garland football team and was named to a second-team All-District tackle position. In 1984 Bill was named to the All-Time area high school team selected by the Dallas Morning News.