J.R. Wynne

J.R. Wynne has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding play as fullback for the Garland High School 1955 state Class 3A finalist football team. For the full season, in which the Owls won 12 games and tasted defeat only against Port Neches on the last play of the final playoff game, 20 to 14, Wynne gained 888 yards on 137 carries and scored 63 points on 10 touchdowns and three points after touchdowns. These achievements earned him first team all-district recognition. Wynne was a two-way player for the Owls, and his defensive play as a line-backer was lauded every week. In a 64 to 0 win over McKinney, he scored on a 41-yard touchdown run. He also made 104 yards on 24 rushes against Dallas Hillcrest in a 27 to 7 victory. Wynne was named the Player of the Week for the 7 to 6 win over Sherman, in which he scored the only Owl touchdown and ran in the winning extra point. He was again named the Player of the Week in the 45 to 6 victory over Denison, scoring twice and gaining 141 yards on 15 carries. Wynne scored and gained 145yards on 12 rushes in the 34 to 0 win over Cleburne. The Owl fullback scored and gained 127 yards on eight carries in the 48 to 6 win over Birdville. He also scored in the 40 to 19 defeat of Arlington. And, in the 45 to 19 defeat against Irving, he scored a touchdown and ran for a point after the score, gaining 128 yards. Garland concluded its regular season, topping Grand Prairie, 18 to 14, and Weatherford, 20 to 0. Following an 18 to 13 bi-district win over Snyder, the Owls thrashed Texarkana in the state semi-finals, 44 to 18, with Wynne scoring two touchdowns, to advance to the state finals. Wynne also participated in track for the Owls, in the broad jump and in running the hurdles. In 1956 he placed fourth in the district broad jump. He and his wife, Marjo, have two children, Jadey and Julie.