Bobby Norvell

Bobby Norvell was an outstanding runner for the 1957 bi-district champion Garland Owl football team and the 1958 Owl team, the first Garland team to play in the highest U.I.L. classification. Subsequently, Norvell attended Baylor University and, as a junior in 1961, earned a letter award on the Baylor team which defeated Utah State in the Gotham Bowl in New York City, 24 to 9. He earned a second letter the following season as a senior. At Garland High School, Norvell received his first letter as a sophomore, joining the varsity team for the playoffs, which culminated in the Owls winning the 1956 Class 3A state football championship. As a junior starter for Garland in 1957, he was an offensive leader for the bi-district champion Owls. In 12 games he carried the ball 173 times for 1,095 yards, an average of 6.3 per carry, and scored 13 touchdowns. Norvell's accomplishments resulted in his being named first team All-District. During his senior season in 1958, Norvell in 10 games carried the ball 172 times for 1,157 yards, an average of 6.7 per carry, and scored 16 touchdowns. He was a unanimous selection to the All-District 7-4A first team, received recognition on the All-Greater Dallas squad, and was named to the Dallas Times Herald All-State second team. Teen Magazine chose Norvell as one of the four backs on its All-Southwest team and also included him on its six-team scholastic All-America squad. He also received honorable mention recognition on the All-America selected by the Wigwam Wisemen. Norvell also was an outstanding track and field performer for the Owls. As a sophomore he won the district long jump championship, and as a junior he won the district 440-yard run with a new record time of 52.5. H