Fame for Lilly of Throckmorton. Did Tide have it tough?
The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, has announced its new class of enshrinees, and for the first, and probably last time, it includes a native of Throckmorton, Texas. Bob Lilly, whose name became synonymous with the Dallas Cowboys, is the man answering this description.
Today millions still see the former defensive tackle on TV, only now he does advertisements for tools instead of sacking quarterbacks. Joining the Cowboys' first-ever draft choice in the hall's 1980 class are Herb Adderley, Deacon Jones , and Jim Otto. an interesting class for sure.
Adderley, once a running back at Michigan State, developed into a ball-hawking defensive back with Vince Lombardi's powerful Green Bay teams. Jones, who popped up in the movie "Heaven can Wait" as a Los Angeles defensive lineman, had the same role in real life. Otto, famous for wearing "00," anchored the Oakland Raiders offensive line for many years from his center's spot. Lilly, Jones, and Otto were all elected in their first year of eligibility, while Adderley enters in his third year following the five-year waiting period after retirement.