Jerry Sanders

Jerry Sanders is being inducted into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding career as a linebacker for the University of Oklahoma and South Garland High School. Sanders was a four-year letterman at linebacker and a major force in the play of the sooner defense. He accumulated over 100 tackles during his career at Oklahoma and was part of two big eight-championship teams. Because of his work ethic and commitment, Coach Barry Switzer named him a captain of the 1981 sooner team. He was the recipient of the first Don Key Award, as the outstanding player and student on the Sooner football squad, and the Prentice Gault Award for academics. Jerry also played basketball and baseball in high school, but received the most accolades for his football expertise. A 1978 graduate of South Garland High School, Sanders received all-district football recognition. The 6'3, 212-pound Colonel linebacker was one of ten Texans named to the 56-player Parade magazine high school All-America team. At Memorial Middle School the coach insisted he play football. Even though Sanders did not want to play, the sport quickly grew on him. With its new addition at running back and a linebacker, Memorial lost only one game during the next two years. He was voted Colonel by the South Garland student body and faculty and was named All-SGHS for outstanding leadership by the school teachers. Jerry was also very active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes from 1976 through 1978. In 1978, he was named as a linebacker on the All-Time Garland City Football team selected by the sports staff of The Garland Daily News. After 16 years working in the oil and gas business, Sanders picked up his side business full-time as owner of Modular Tech II, a moving company. Since then he has also bought Lone Star Movers and All-Star Movers, which are all located in Garland.S