Ronnie Hatfield

Ronnie Hatfield has been selected for induction into the Garland Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his accomplishments as a champion quarter mile runner in track and as a football halfback at Garland High School and Rice University. He was a three-year letterman in both track and football at Garland High School. As a sophomore, he ran a leg on the district winning mile relay team, and as a junior, he won the 440-yard dash and ran a leg on the district winning sprint relay team. As a senior Hatfield was co-captain of the track team and again won the district 440-yard dash championship. He also ran a leg on the districts winning mile relay team. At the regional meet, he finished third in the 440-yard dash with an outstanding time of forty-nine point one seconds. In football, he earned his first letter with the 1957 Owl bi-district championship team. As a junior he became starting halfback, and in nine reported games, he gained 455 yards on 82 carries and scored 54 points, earning an all-district honorable mention recognition. As a senior in 1959, Hatfield was a tri-captain of the Owl football team and gained 983 yards on 208 carries, while scoring 66 points; second highest in District 7-4A. His season included six games with more then 100 yards gained in each: 181 yards against Woodrow 114 yards against McKinney; 106 against Weatherford; 102 yards against Sherman; and 101 yards against Grand Prairie. That year, Garland won eight games and only lost two. Hatfield concluded the season by being selected first team all-district and received all-state honorable mention recognition. After graduation, he entered Rice University and in 1962 he lettered on the football team, starting on defense and gaining 149 yards on 11 kick returns. Ronnie Hatfield and his wife, Mary Jo, have four children: Jennifer, Margaret, Greg Abrahams, and J.J. Abrahams.