Randy Love

Randy Love was an outstanding running back and all-around athlete during his many seasons of play which included Garland High School, the University of Houston, and the St. Louis Cardinals of the NFL. As a junior at Garland, Randy gained 1,243 yards rushing and scored 15 touchdowns. Although hindered by injuries during his senior season, the Garland co-captain gained 870 yards and was named all-district. In basketball, Love average 17 points as a senior and was second team all-district. He also was a sprinter and long jumper for the track and field team. Randy played for the University of Houston varsity as a freshman and as a sophomore, when the cougars shared the Southwest Conference championship, won the Cotton Bowl, and ranked fourth in both major national polls, with 10 wins and two losses. As a junior, Randy worked diligently to improve his performance, and as a 6'1, 197-pound senior, he became the starting fullback for Houston and the fourth leading rusher in the conference, gaining 1,021 yards on 206 carries for an average of almost five yards. He was the leading scorer for the Cougars and seventh in the conference with 54 points which brought him all-conference recognition. Houston with a 9-2 record won the conference championship as Randy Love completed his varsity play with an outstanding 1,729 yards rushing to become the tenth leading career rusher in University of Houston history. Randy moved on to play several years, 1979-85, as a running back for the St. Louis Cardinals. His best professional season was 1983, when he rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries and caught six passes for 56 yards and one score, and in 1984, he gained 89 yards and scored once on 25 carries and once on seven pass receptions. Randy subsequently retired from professional football to open his own business in Garland.