Ralph Weaver

Ralph Weaver is being inducted into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his leading the 1963 Garland High School, Class 4A state champion Owl football team as its captain and one of its brightest stars. He subsequently earned three varsity letters at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University at Commerce). As the fullback of the 1963 Owl team, Weaver gained 875 yards on 164 carries, an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Equally important to the team's success was his stellar defensive play at end. The '63 Owls, coached by Chuck Curtis, posted a record of 13 wins and 1 tie in winning the state championship. In the state finals, a 17 to 0 victory over Corpus Christi Miller High School at Memorial Stadium in Austin, Weaver led the Owl offense with 100 yards on 16 carries and scored one touchdown and was selected most valuable player of the game. Weaver was the only Owl to be named first team All-State and, together with the guard, Gene Mayes, was the only Owl to be recognized as first team All-District on both offense and defense. He also started more football games for the Garland Owls than any other player ever did. One of the most outstanding moments in GHS football history happened in 1962. McKinney was placing the ball in the middle of the field for the winning field goal, when one of Weaver's teammates forced a fumble and Weaver caught the ball in mid-air and ran for 80 yards for the winning touchdown. After lettering two years at East Texas State as an offensive fullback, in his senior season in 1968, Weaver played linebacker on defense for the Honorable Mention recognition. In eight games (no statistics kept for the two additional contests), he recorded 71 tackles and three pass breakups, highlighted by 13 tackles in a win over Howard Payne.