Don Maynard, a halfback from the Texas Western University in El Paso, spent one season with the Giants of the NFL and one season in Canada before jumping to the rival American Football League. In 1960, he became the first player to sign with the New York Titans of the fledging AFL. Maynard joined Joe Namath on a Titans team which later became the New York Jets.
Dan Reeves wasn't born in Texas but he got here as fast as he could. A star quarterback at the University of South Carolina, he earned the attention of the Dallas Cowboy scouts. A running back for the Cowboys from 1965-1972, the versatile Reeves garnered 1,990 rushing yards and 1,693 receiving yards. His best year came in 1966 when he rushed for seven touchdowns, tied for second in the league and was voted to The Sporting News All Pro Team.