One of Texas Most Generous Sports Figures Born in Spur, Texas in 1927, Billy Joe "Red" McCombs has had a life-long impact on Texas and Texas sports. Originally enrolling at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, Red played football for the Pirates as a lineman and receiver. After leaving school to serve in the United States Army in 1946 and 1947, Red returned to Texas where he continued his education at the University of Texas.
Denne Freeman was the Associated Press Texas Sports Editor for 31 years. He covered the Dallas Cowboys, including all their Super Bowls; the Texas Rangers and Nolan Ryan’s heroics; and the Dallas Stars; the Dallas NBA teams; major golf events including The Masters in 1997 when Tiger won; and top college football that included the 1969 Shootout game between Texas and Arkansas. As a news reporter for UPI, Denne covered the assassination of John F Kennedy, and later, for Associated Press covered Apollo 13. During his years at the AP, he covered 1000 MLB games, 500 NBA games, and 350 NFL games.