Gene Mayes

Gene Mayes was acclaimed the outstanding lineman on the 1963 and 1964 Garland High School Class 4A state football champions, and subsequently earned three letter awards at Texas Christian University. In 1963, the Owls in their first season under Coach Chuck Curtis won 13 games, including a playoff finals victory over Corpus Christi Miller, 17 to 0, for the state championship. Mayes as a junior offensive guard and defensive linebacker was selected first team All-District 7-4A at both positions. In 1964, Garland won nine regular season games and lost only once to again reach the state playoffs. Facing Galena Park in the state finals, the Owls scored a fourth touchdown with 6:29 left in the fourth quarter, to win the game, 26 to 21, for their second state championship. Mayes again was selected All-District at both offensive guard and defensive linebacker and received the same dual honor on the All-Greater Dallas team. He was one of six Texans named to the All-Southern squad. The Garland guard was selected for the All-State first team selected by the Texas Sports Writers Association and was one of five Texans named to the All-America team chosen by the national Scholastic Magazine. He also played on the Texas All-Star team, which defeated the Pennsylvania All-Star team in the Big 33 game. After extended rehabilitation following a tragic automobile accident before he entered Texas Christian on an athletic scholarship, Mayes began to regain his strength and mobility and earned his letter as a sophomore offensive guard. Moved to his favorite position of linebacker as a junior, he again lettered in his senior season, having largely regained his playing form, he earned a starting position and received a third letter. H