TOUCHDOWN CLUB'S UPCOMING EVENTS
Eight schools took home trophies from the 2017 Comerica Bank Sportsmanship Luncheon, presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, for on-field actions during the 2016 season. Judging was by the referees who covered the games played. Shown in the photo above from the annual awards luncheon are the FCA's Eric Anderson, from left to right, Comerica Bank's Pam Lovett, Westbury Christian coach Mark Krimm, Westbury Christian player Will Symonds (with blue trophy); Willis player Josh Matthews (with red trophy), Willis coach Audie Jackson, Clear Creek player D.J. Johnson (with second red trophy), and Clear Creek coach Darrell Warden. Winning the awards in Class 6A were Clear Creek (1st), Tompkins (2nd) and Kingwood (third). Winners in 5A were WIllis (1st), Tomball Memorial (2nd) and Houston Madison (third). Winners in Class 4A-Private Schools were Westbury Christian (1st) and Cypress Christian (2nd).
2017 SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS LUNCHEON
TD Club’s 2017 Regular Events
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2016 PRIVATE HIGH SCHOOL AWARDS WINNERS
2016 UIL HIGH SCHOOLS AWARDS WINNERS
The TD Club assists area high schools through community-service projects. The Club has awarded approximately $180,000 in scholarships to more than 275 high schoolers in Greater Houston in the past 16 years, and have given out approximately $195,000 in weights and weight equipment to 40 Greater Houston high schools in the past 14 years.
The high schools which received weights were Booker T. Washington, Forest Brook, Reagan, Smiley and Houston Sterling in 2002; Kashmere, Madison, Scarborough, Wheatley and Worthing in 2003; Milby, Northbrook and Westbury in 2004; Furr, Sharpstown and Houston Austin in 2005; Willowridge, Jones, Sam Houston, Aldine and Yates in 2006; Eisenhower, Houston Lamar, Pasadena and Scarborough (again) in 2007; in 2008, Dulles, Furr (again) South Houston and Spring Woods; in 2009, Booker T. Washington (again), Hightower, Spring and Waltrip; in 2010, Alief Hastings and Jeff Davis; in 2011, Alief Elsik, Reagan (again) and Bellaire; in 2012, Humble, Houston Lee, and Madison (again); in 2013, Hightower (again), La Marque and Lutheran North; Westbury Christian in 2014; Aldine (again), Madison (again) and Scarborough (again) in 2015; and Saint John XXIII, Northbrook (again) and Sam Houston (again) in 2016.
The TD Club has teamed up with the Houston Texans’ Sean Washington, the director of player development, to distribute excess shoes and clothing to needy high schools. Schools assisted so far are in HISD, Aldine ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Humble ISD, Lamar Consolidated ISD, Anahuac, Goose Creek ISD, C.E. King, Bridge City, Cy-Fair ISD, Tomball ISD, Stafford and Spring Branch ISD.
We helped start the Senior Showcase in 2009 with the Houston Texans and with Houston ISD co-founders Phil Camp and Coby Rhoden, during which more than 800 high school kids have been offered almost $80 million in scholarships and grants from NAIA and NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III schools. The event takes place in the Methodist Training Facility on the Texans campus (the practice bubble).
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS
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SUPER ALUMNI LUNCHEON -- Former Houston Texans assistant coach Wade Phillips, who has had a myriad of jobs in the NFL, addesses the media during the TD Club's Super Alumni Luncheon on Jan. 30, 2017, at the Marriott South near Hobby Airport. Phillips was one of 34 former NFL players, coaches or referees who participated in a previous Super Bowl and came to our highly successful luncheon. Others included Norm Bulaich, Donny Anderson, Bill Bradley, Andy Rice, Allen Aldridge, Charles Alexander, Diron Talbert, Gerald McNeill, Johnny Roland, Dave Elmendorf, Bruce Collie, Alois Blackwell, Cliff Branch, Fozzy Whitaker, Joseph Addai, Raymond Clayborn, Don Talbert, Ricky Sanders, Joe Washington, Mickey Washington and others.
GREAT FOOTBALL COACHES ON FOOTBALL
'Fight 'em until Hell freezes over, and then fight ‘em on the ice.'
-- TCU’s Dutch Meyer
'Three things happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.'
-- Texas’ Darrell Royal
'Never been licked.' Movie about Texas A&M's Corps of Cadets
'I didn't think anything of it at first. Then I thought to myself, 'My God, he's coming out here to hit me,' ' -- Rice’s Dick Maegle before Alabama’s Tommy Lewis came off the bench to tackle him in the 1954 Cotton Bowl.
'He could take his'n and beat yours'n, and then he could take yours'n and beat his'n.' -- Former Oilers head coach Bum Phillips on Don Shula
'I've found that prayer works best when you have big players.'
-- Knute Rockne, Notre Dame
'They beat us like a tied-up goat.'-- Texas Tech's Spike Dykes
'Always remember that Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David.'
-- Shug Jordan, Auburn
'We didn't tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking .'
-- John McKay, USC
'Football is not a contact sport, it is a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.' -- Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State
'In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant.' -- Wally Butts, Georgia
'Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, beat Texas.' -- church sign in Arkansas
before 1969 Shootout
'Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.' -- Bobby Bowden, Florida State
'My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.' -- Bowden Wyatt, Tennessee
‘Because I couldn’t go for three.’ -- Ohio State’s Woody Hayes on why he went for a two-point conversion late in a game against Michigan with the Buckeyes already up by several touchdowns.
'Gentlemen, it is better for you to have died a small boy
than to fumble this football.' -- John Heisman, Rice
If these phrases get you thinking about
great football moments you have experienced, then maybe
the Touchdown Club of Houston is for you.