Jimmy Adams

Accomplishments as a quarterback for championship football teams at Garland High School and East Texas State University (now Texas A&M at Commerce) have earned his induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame. In 1963 Adams quarterbacked the Garland High Owls to an undefeated season, blemished by only a single tie game, and the Class 4A state football championship. The Owls defeated Corpus Christi Miller in the state finals. As a senior in 1964 he quarterbacked Garland to a record of 13 wins and a single loss and a second consecutive Class 4A state football championship. The Owls defeated Galena Park in the state finals. Adams marks of 19 touchdown passes and 1,812 passing yards in his 1964 season remain the Garland Independent School District records to the present time. Adams was named the first team All-District quarterback in both 1963 and 1964. He also received the Dallas Morning News first team All Greater Dallas award in those same years. Following graduation, he received an athletic scholarship to Southern Methodist University and quarterbacked the freshman team to a six wins and two loss season. Transferring to East Texas State University for his sophomore season, he quarterbacked the Lions to a 10 wins and one loss season and the Lone Star Conference championship. A major injury to his right thumb ended his football career. While in the Garland school system, Adams quarterbacked six teams below the varsity level, fifth grade through the high school B Team, to 10-0 undefeated records. His Garland record was 86 victories, one loss, and one tie. Adams started on the basketball team from the fifth grade to the tenth grade, when he limited his endeavors to football. He also was a two-year All-Star in each of three baseball programs: Little League, Pony League, and Colt League. Adams is Vice-President of Sales for Shippers Warehouse in Dallas, Garland, and Mesquite. He and his wife, the former Vicki Stone of Garland, reside in Rowlett, Texas.