Larry R. Stegent '66

stegent1Stegent, named an All-American football player his senior year, was arguably one of the most gifted, versatile athletes ever to play on the field or court for St. Thomas. Varsity teams on which he participated won eight district titles and four state championships. He was known for his competitive spirit as much for his athletic skills. He lettered three years in football, track and baseball and two years in basketball. He earned all-district honors two years in track and football and one year in baseball. He earned all-state honors in track and football. He played in the Big 33 All Star football game pitting the best 33 high school seniors from Texas against the best 33 high school seniors from Pennsylvania.

Stegent accepted a football scholarship from Texas A&M University and earned a position as a starting running back for the Aggies in his sophomore season when the team won the Southwest Conference and defeated Alabama in the 1968 Cotton Bowl. He was named to the Southwest Conference All-Sophomore team in 1967. He started for three years, leading the Aggies in rushing all three years. He was a captain of the team his senior season and selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Game, the American Bowl All-Star game and the Senior Bowl All-Star game. Larry still ranks fourth in career all-purpose yardage and fifth in career kickoff returns at Texas A&M. He was elected to the Texas A&M Hall of Fame in 1994.

Larry was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the eighth pick in the first round of the 1970 NFL draft. He was the first running back selected in the draft that included Terry Bradshaw, Al Cowlings, Jack Reynolds and Duane Thomas. He played professionally for three years before an injury cut short his career

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