Longhorn Sports History is made
Austin High in the the 60's had some great high school athletes who later set many records at either the college or professional level. Don Baylor almost signed with the Longhorns but decided to play professional baseball, Ben Crenshaw set all kind of golf records at Texas and on the professional circuit,
and Al Matthews had a stellar career in the NFL.
Longhorn Coach Al Matthews with Head Coach Darrell Royal.
In 1972 Alvin Matthews enters the record books as the first African-American coach at the University of Texas.
Alvin Matthews was a NAIA All-American at Texas A&I (now Texas A&M-Kingsville). He was enjoying a successful stint as a defensive back with the Green Bay Packers when Coach Royal asked him to join his coaching staff. Royal and Matthews worked out a deal where Al could continue his pro career and help the Horns for bowl games and during Spring training. Matthews coaching responsibility was the wide receivers, but in 1974 he signed a long-term pro contract and gave up his hopes of a coaching. "I didn't feel any pressure at all," Matthews said. "Darrell and I were great friends and he had a great staff and they were all good with it. It was a good fit."
Al Matthews Gives from the heart
In 1992 Al Matthews and the National Association of Professional Athletes (NAPA) founded the Celebrity Golf Tournament to raise funds for the Neighborhood Longhorn Program. This program is associated with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin, and it is the official community service arm of Texas Athletics. The goal of the program is to help youth who experience academic difficulties in economically disadvantaged areas.
Al Matthews, Lewis, and Rosy Leaks Nov, 2017
25 years later the charity function has morphed into tremendously successful event. In 2017 the tournament contestants will include 40 National Football Players and 160 amateur golfers.