Henry (Choc) Sanders

Henry Choc Sanders grew up on a farm outside of Garland and attended Garland Schools. He officially competed for Garland High School from 1919 until 1922, when Garland first became known as the Owls. During that time, the teams of which he was a member compiled a record of 20-6-3. This particular won-loss figure is so noteworthy because many of the games were played against schools with considerably larger enrollments. Known for his abilities as a runner, passer, kicker and defender, and highly respected by his fellow athletes, Choc was elected Captain of his team at Garland High. He later captained the football squads at Wesley Junior College in Greenville and Southern Methodist University. At the completion of the 1928 season at Southern Methodist, Choc was voted to a first-team All-American berth on the New York Sun, The Post, Jim Thorpe and Boston Post All-Star units. In doing so, he became distinguished as the first city of Garland and Southwest Conference football player to receive All-American honors. Choc was also an All-Southwest Conference choice at guard following both the 1928 and 1929 seasons.