Ronnie Rogers

Dr. Ronald (Ronnie) Rogers was a starting guard for the Baylor University football team in the Southwest Conference for three years, 1961-1963. In 1961 he started as the left guard for the Bears, after playing on the Baylor Cubs team as a freshman in 1959 and being red-shirted for the 1960 season. The Bruins in 1961 posted a 5-5 record in post-season play defeated Utah State, 24 to 9, in the Gotham Bowl in New York City. Ronnie in 1962 received All-Southwest Conference honorable mention recognition, as the Baylor team won four games and lost six. In 1963, he was starting guard for the third year, as the outstanding Bear team lost in the conference only to 1963 national champion Texas, 7 to 0, and had a 7-3 regular season record. Baylor then defeated Louisiana State University in the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston, 14 to 7. Rogers again received All-Southwest Conference honorable mention recognition. Ronnie earlier had been a starting linebacker for the state Class 3A champion Garland High School football team in 1956, as a high school sophomore and for the bi-district champion Owls in 1957 as a junior. As a senior, he started as offensive fullback as well as linebacker for the first Garland High team to compete in Class 4A (the largest school classification of the University Interscholastic League, which has since been re-designed as Class 5A). The 1958 Owls narrowly lost the district title to Highland Park in the season finale. Ronnie was a first team all-district linebacker his last two years of play and received all-state honorable mention recognition from the Texas Sports Writers Association as a senior.