Don Gordon

Don Gordon has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments on offense and defense for the 1963 Garland High School state class 4A football champions. Gordon was a three-year letterman for the Owl football team. In 1963 season, the Owls were undefeated. The only blemish on their season was a tie with Dallas Bryan Adams High school. During the championship season, Gordon caught 21 passes for 236 yards with seven receptions going for touchdowns. As a defensive end, Gordon’s speed and crushing tackles were critical in the Owl defense, which was second in the state for the season. The Garland defense allowed only 82 points in its 14 games. The 1963 Owls were voted the number four team in the nation by high school sports writers of the country. Gordon was honored by his selection to play in the big 33 All-Star game in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the Texas All-Stars faced a team of Pennsylvania all stars. Following the 1963 season, Gordon was named First Team All-District and First Team All-Greater Dallas for his outstanding offensive and defensive play. Also, Gordon was two-year letterman in track and field for the Owls. His winning discus throw in the 1964 district 7-4A meet remained the unbroken district record for 23 years. After graduating high school, Gordon accepted an athletic scholarship to attend East Texas Statue University. East Texas Coach Earnest Hawkins commended Gordon for his defensive play as a Lion freshman. But the Garland athlete did not continue his college play for long. He withdrew from college football to support his wife and the couple’s new daughter. Gordon worked full-time while attending school and earned his business administration degree in three years. Gordon and his wife, Sydna, have one daughter, Jeannice, son-in-law Eric Alberts, and a grandson, Blake Gordon Chappin.