Longtime sports columnist for the Houston Chronicle, John McClain spent the last 40 years covering the NFL. Before his time in Houston, the Waco native graduated from Baylor in 1975, and worked at the Waco Tribune-Herald from 1973 - 1976. In addition to being an inductee in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America also has a plaque in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. McClain is memorialized in Canton, Ohio as the winner of the Dick McCann Memorial Award in 2006. He was also named a Texas Gridiron Legend in 2015, the only other media members who are Gridiron Legends are fellow Texas Sports Hall of Famers Dave Campbell and Mickey Herskowitz. Beyond being honored in multiple halls of fame, McClain also plays a key role in honoring others through those organizations. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Seniors Committee, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee. McClain was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2020.