THE NAVIGATION TOOL TO HISTORICAL PAGES ON THIS WEB SITE ARE AT THE TOP OF THIS SCREEN. THE SITES ARE "TLSN", "SPORTS", "GUEST WRITERS", "MISSIONS", "ARTICLES" , "LOST TOO SOON", AND "SENTRY".
In 2009 when Coach Royal was still alive he said to Juan Conde "we are the only two left that were on all three national championship teams" (1963, 1969, and 1970).
In 2018 Juan is the only one remaining .
In the early 60's , Juan was assigned by Coach Royal to issue equipment to the incoming freshmen and to take care of their everyday needs while Mr. Jim took care of the the sophomores, juniors and seniors. Juan followed the freshmen through the four years they were at Texas. He loved his job and made lifetime friends with all the football players.
As the assistant equipment manager, he was the attendant for many great players including :
1 Heisman Trophy Winner - 1 Maxwell Award Winner- 2 Lombardi Award Winners
3 Outland Trophy Winners- 36 All Americans- 1 NFL Hall of Fame Member
10 College Football Hall of Fame Members- 8 Texas Sports Hall of Fame Winners
8 Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Members- 25 Texas High School Hall of Fame Members
2 UPI Lineman of the Year
and he was part of some of the most important games in Longhorn football history including :
1963-Texas 7, Baylor 0 1963-Texas 28,Oklahoma 7
1964-Texas 28, Navy 6 1965-Texas 21,Alabama 17
1968-Texas 26,Oklahoma 20 1969-Texas 15,Arkansas 14
1970-Texas 20,UCLA 17 1970 Cotton Bowl-Texas 21,Notre Dame 17
1973-Texas 17,Alabama 13 1977-Texas 13,Oklahoma 6
1977-Texas 57,Texas A&M 28 1982-Texas 14,Alabama 12
Coach Royal was not only about football, he also liked to have fun. He loved country music. Pictured from left to right - Darrell McCall; Hector Guerra; Louie Murrillo; Darrell Royal; Edith Royal; Juan Conde & Jerry Jeff Walker. We all had a fun night!
Picture made at the Silver Dollar South - Circa 1980
Juan has a 80 page diary of things Coach Royal told him thru the years. Once Juan asked Coach Royal "why do you always only hire high school coaches to be on your staff instead of college coaches"? I waited for the answer, but Juan never responded. It is a secret for now that he hopes to reveal in a book someday.
Juan hamming it up from 0:00 to the 1:11 on the attached link.
Juan's contributions to Longhorn traditions represents a portal to the past that reminds Longhorn fans that heritage shapes the present and empowers the future.