Sept. 17, 2012
Dr. Carey Windler
AUSTIN, Texas -- Eight distinguished and decorated former University of Texas student-athletes are to be inducted into the Men's Athletics Hall of Honor later this fall.
The 56th Men's Hall of Honor class includes Major Applewhite (Football, 1998-2001), record-setting quarterback and 1999 co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year; Phil Dawson (Football, 1994-97), All-American kicker; Winthrop Graham (Track, 1987-89), Olympian and national champion hurdler; and Jim Hudson (Football, 1962-64), safety on UT's first national championship team.
Founded in 1957, the Longhorn Hall of Honor is one of the most cherished athletics traditions at The University of Texas. Its governing body -- the Longhorn Hall of Honor Council -- is made up exclusively of men who have lettered at UT. Each year, a selection committee nominates 16 candidates whose names are distributed to the Hall of Honor Council. To be eligible for nomination, a letterman must have completed his eligibility 10 years prior to the year of election. The four nominees receiving a majority of votes are inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor.
Vintage selections Mike Dean (Football, 1968-70), Preston Davis (Track/Cross Country, 1963-65), Hub Ingraham (Football, 1950-53) and Dr. Carey Windler (Team Orthopedist, 1987-present) round out the class.
The induction banquet for the 2012 class is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The dinner ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m., and tickets are $60 each. Those interested in attending this special event can purchase tickets through the T-Association by calling 512-471-6864.
Applewhite, currently the co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach for the Longhorns, was UT's team captain as a senior in 2001 when he capped his career by throwing for a school-record 473 yards in the Holiday Bowl. His bowl-game-record four passing touchdowns pushed UT past No. 20 Washington 47-43, and Applewhite was inducted into the Holiday Bowl Hall of Fame last summer. The 1999 co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year set school records in career (8,353) and season (3,357/1999) passing yards. Applewhite established UT freshman records with 2,453 passing yards and 18 TDs and was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 1998. That same year against Oklahoma, Applewhite found wide receiver Wane McGarity with a 97-yard pass, the longest scoring play in UT history. Following his playing career, Applewhite spent one season as a graduate assistant coach at UT, and then coached quarterbacks at Syracuse in 2005. He served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice (2006) and Alabama (2007), and Applewhite returned to his alma mater as a running backs coach in 2008.
Dawson was a four-year starting placekicker who finished his career with 13 Longhorn records, including all-time marks for scoring (339), field goals (59) and field goal accuracy (74.7 percent). Dawson made 15-straight field goals in 1996-97, a UT record, and connected on six-straight field goals of at least 50 yards in 1995-97 to establish another program best. A two-time Lou Groza Award semi-finalist, Dawson also was named First Team All-Big 12 in 1996 and voted First Team All-SWC as a freshman. Currently in his 14th NFL season with the Cleveland Browns, Dawson resides in Austin, Texas, during the offseason.
Graham is the first UT male track athlete to win medals at two separate Olympics, claiming two silver medals in the 400-meter hurdles at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and 1992 games in Barcelona. He also won two World Championships representing his native Jamaica. A six-time All-American at UT, Graham won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 400 hurdles in 1989. He holds the top 10 times for UT hurdlers, topped by his 48.04 mark in Seoul. Since leaving UT, Graham has remained an active supporter of UT Athletics and is currently in the natural foods business in Austin, Texas.
Hudson played defensive safety and quarterback during a UT career that paralleled with the Longhorns' rise to national prominence. The defensive standout had a team-high five interceptions on UT's 1963 national championship squad. He also ignited UT's win over Bear Bryant and top-ranked Alabama, 21-17, in the 1965 Orange Bowl with a 69-yard scoring pass to George Sauer. Hudson played six seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets. A native of La Feria, Texas, Hudson has previously been inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Davis won SWC Cross Country titles in 1963 and 1965, and the three-year letterman won the 1966 conference title in the 880-yard run in a school and league record time. Davis was a finalist in the 1,500 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1968, the same year he won the Jerry Thompson Mile at the Texas Relays. He coached through the 1980 Olympics before serving as Vice President of Sales for K-Swiss for 20 years. Davis is retired and living in southern California.
Dean was a two-year starter for the Longhorns during the 1969-70 national championship seasons. A top blocker despite a slight, 200-pound build, Dean is a member of the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame.
Ingraham lettered in both football and baseball while also serving as a member of the Air Force ROTC. Ingraham was a multi-dimensional player on offense and defense for the football team. He has continued to represent UT with the Texas Exes and other active community committees.
Windler has been the orthopaedic surgeon for UT's men's athletics teams since 1986. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston after graduating with honors from Texas Tech. Windler has served as president of the Texas Orthopaedic Association and named a Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
||Major Applewhite (Football, 1998-2001)
The Longhorns' team captain in 2001, Applewhite helped Texas to four straight bowl games (1999 and 2000 Cotton Bowls, 2000 and 2001 Holiday Bowls) and posted a 22-8 record as a starting quarterback. He capped his career by throwing for a UT-record 473 yards and a Longhorn-bowl-game best four TDs en route to Offensive MVP honors in a 47-43 victory over No. 20 Washington in the 2001 Holiday Bowl. The 1999 co-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year set UT records for career (8,353) and season (3,357/1999) passing yards, as well as career TD passes (60). He threw for 2,453 yards and 18 TDs, UT freshman records at the time, in claiming Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors in 1998. His 97-yard pass to Wane McGarity in the 1998 Texas-Oklahoma game still ranks as the longest scoring pass play in UT history. Following his playing career, he worked as a graduate assistant coach on the UT staff in 2003-04, and then coached quarterbacks at Syracuse (2005) and served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Rice (2006) and Alabama (2007). In 2008 he returned to Texas and served as running backs coach for three seasons before becoming co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach in 2011.
||Phil Dawson (Football, 1994-1997)
Dawson was an All-American kicker and four-year starter who left UT with 13 Longhorn records, including all-time marks for scoring (339), field goals (59) and field goal accuracy (74.7%). He finished his career ranked 16th on the NCAA all-time scoring list, 12th on the NCAA all-time kick-scoring chart and 31st on the NCAA all-time field goals made list. Dawson set a UT record by hitting 15 straight field goals in 1996-97 and set a UT record by making six straight field goals from 50 or more yards from 1995-97. He connected on 64.3 percent of his field goals from 40 yards and further (27 of 42) during his college career. Dawson was a two-time semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, was named Longhorn team captain in 1997, was voted second-team all-Big 12 as a senior and also earned first-team academic all-Big 12 honor. As a junior he was named first-team all-Big 12 in 1996 and was tabbed second-team all-SWC as a sophomore as well as being voted first-team all-SWC as a freshman. He signed as undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders following the 1998 NFL draft, was waived, then picked up by Patriots and placed on the practice squad. He then signed as free agent with Cleveland in 1999 and is now entering his 14th season with the Browns being the only player left from the 1999 squad. Has hit on 83.1 per cent of his field goal attempts in 199 games. Has scored a team record 1,149 points, and in 2010 he passed the legendary Lou Groza for the Browns' career field-goal mark ... holds the team record for most consecutive field goals made (27) and most field goals in a game (6). Dawson and his wife make their off-season home in Austin, where he is involved in coaching clinics and public speaking.
||WINTHROP GRAHAM (Track, 1987-89)
The most decorated men's track athlete in UT history, Winthrop Graham was a two-time Olympic Silver Medalist in the 400-meter hurdles for Jamaica and a two-time World Championship Medalist. He was the first UT male track athlete to win medals at two separate Olympics - Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992. Graham holds the top-ten times for UT hurdlers with a 48.04 best, run at the Seoul Olympics. He has won top honors at the Pan American Games and the Goodwill Games. Winthrop earned six all-America citations in three seasons at UT after transferring from Central Arizona. Graham won the Outdoor NCAA 400 meter hurdles in 1989 and ran on the Longhorn indoor 1600 meter relay teams and twice earned all-America recognition in NCAA meets. He was named Jamaican National Champion ten times and Jamaican Sportsman of the Year twice. He competed nine years on the International circuit and finished high in the top ten every year. Only ten other hurdlers in the world have run faster than his 47.60 best. Winthrop Graham has remained active with UT athletics as a member of the Hall of Honor Court and is in the natural foods business in the Austin area.
||JIM HUDSON (Football, 1962-64)
Jim Hudson was both defensive safety and quarterback for the Longhorns, playing a major role on defense during Texas' first National Championship in 1963. Hudson quarterbacked the `Horns to their upset of Bear Bryant's No. 1-ranked Alabama team in the first-ever night bowl game in the 1965 Orange Bowl following the 1964 regular season. Hudson led the Longhorns in interceptions with five in 1963, then overcame injuries in 1964 to emerge as a hero in the Orange Bowl, which featured a showdown with Joe Namath and the Crimson Tide. Hudson entered the game after the run-oriented `Horns had scored on a 70-yard run, and he promptly launched a stunning 69-yard scoring pass to end George Sauer on a pivotal play in the 21-17 Texas victory. Following his college career, Hudson gained notoriety as a teammate of Namath's with the New York Jets. In six seasons starting at safety, he intercepted 14 passes, including a dramatic theft near the end of the first half in the Jets' 16-7 win over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. A multi-sport high school star in La Feria, Texas, he has been inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame and was named one of the top ten athletes in Valley history. Hudson resides in Austin and is involved in thoroughbred race horse training in the southern United States.
||PRESTON DAVIS (Track, 1963, 1965-66)
Davis was an outstanding distance runner whose career nationally and internationally in the mid-1960s exceeded even his record-setting time at Texas. He was the SWC Cross-Country Champion in 1963 and 1965, and posted a league and school record as he won the SWC individual 880-yard run in 1966. Davis was selected as the "Outstanding Athlete" at the 1966 Texas Relays. He was a member three USA National Track teams, and won three USA/AAU National Championships including the mile run in 1968. He was the 800 meter champion at the 1968 Australian National Championships/Olympic Trials. He won the Jerry Thompson Mile at the Texas Relays in 1968, and ran the anchor leg (a sub four-minute mile) on the U.S. Army's World Record Distance Medley Relay in 1968. Davis was a finalist in the 1,500 meters at the USA Olympic Trials in 1968, but an injury prevented him from competing. He became a coach, tutoring famed Olympian Francie Larrieu Smith, among others. Davis coached through the 1980 Olyympics, before working in the athletic shoe business where he served as the Vice President of Sales for K-Swiss for 20 years, before retiring in 2005. Davis is currently lives in California.
||MIKE DEAN (Football, 1968-1970)
Mike Dean was an integral part of the offensive line during the most successful offensive run game attack in school history. As part of the "Wishbone" offense from 1968-1970, Dean played on teams that recorded a three-year record of 30-2-1. Included in the success was a 30-game winning streak, three Southwest Conference championships, and two National Championships in 1969 and 1970. So potent was the running game that in a game against SMU in 1969, all four backs rushed for over 100 yards each. Dean's most noted moment came in the 1970 Cotton Bowl Classic against Notre Dame. Matched against Notre Dame giant all-American tackle Mike McCoy, Dean - a 195 pound guard - carried the day (with the admitted help of some strategic double-teams) and helped lead the Longhorns to a dramatic 21-17 victory. Following graduation, Mike became a dentist, working first in the Dallas area before settling into a private practice in the Texas Hlll Country at Marble Falls and Horseshoe Bay.
||HUB INGRAHAM (Football, 1951-52)
Hub Ingraham may have gotten a lot from being an athlete at The University of Texas, but he has spent most of his life giving back. Ingraham earned ten letters in the sports of football, basketball and baseball in high school and was named the outstanding senior athlete in 1950 before enrolling at UT in the fall of 1950. He played on the freshman teams in football and baseball, but a shoulder injury ended his dream of playing quarterback for the Longhorns. He moved to end and played behind all-American Tom Stolhandske on offense and all-SWC selection Bill Georges on defense. His junior year of 1952, he contributed as a defensive back and also worked as a kicker on kick offs and extra points and field goals. After graduation, Hub became successful in the insurance business, and continues to perform volunteer work with UT and the Athletics Department. He has been active in the Texas Exes as well the T-Association and the Longhorn Hall of Honor.
||Dr. Carey Windler (Staff, 1986-current)
Carey Windler is in his 37th season as the orthopedics specialist for Texas Longhorn athletics. A native of Sweeny, Windler began working with Texas football players during the season of 1986. That spring, he took over as the orthopedic surgeon for UT male athletes. In his time, he has arguably touched more Longhorn players with his examining gloves and his heart than any other staff member. A graduate of Texas Tech and Baylor School of Medicine, Windler also studied at the University of Pennsylvania and did a fellowship with Olympic track and field athletes at the University of Oregon in Eugene. As an example of Windler's far reach over UT football, two of his fellow inductees - Major Applewhite and Phil Dawson - both had surgically repaired knees under Windler's careful care. In his 37 years, Windler has examined thousands of Longhorn athletes and has done repairing surgery on hundreds. Windler began practicing in Austin in 1977, and in 1998 he and his partners opened Austin Sports Medicine specializing in comprehensive care for active life style and sports related injuries.