Floyd Blackwell

Floyd Blackwell has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments as a football halfback for the Garland High School 1956 Class 3A state champions. In 1956 he was the leading ground gainer for the State Class 3A champion Owls. He rushed for 1,065 yards to lead the Owls to their first state championship. He carried the ball 173 times, averaging 6.15 yards per carry, and scored eight rushing touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes for 22 yards and three touchdowns. His 11 total touchdowns produced 66 points, tying for first place in team scoring. He scored the only touchdown for the Owls in the championship game against Nederland, but the score was called back because a lineman was in motion, leaving the Owls a 3 to 0 win by a field goal margin. Blackwell was a starting linebacker with another Hall of Fame player, Ronnie Rogers, and intercepted three passes from their opponents. He also was the starting punt returner and was the deep back on kickoff returns. In 1955 Blackwell was on the Owl team as it reached the state finals against Port Neches. In that game, Garland was undefeated until the last play of the season, when a pass completion cost the Owls the state title. After his senior year, Blackwell was recruited by Bear Bryant for an athletic scholarship at Texas A&M. After playing his first year at A & M, he sustained an injury, which ended his football career. Blackwell completed his undergraduate studies and subsequently attended law school at Southern Methodist University. He has been a successful lawyer in Garland for many years with his brother Ron as his partner. Floyd Blackwell and his wife Sandra have two adult children, a son and a daughter.