Lawrence Elkins began his football career playing for legendary Brownwood High School coach Gordon Wood. In the 1960 3A state championship game, Elkins caught a touchdown pass for the Lions to help seal a 26-6 victory over Port Lavaca. At Baylor University he continued his pass catching ways by earning All-SWC and All-American honors in 1963 & 1964. Elkins thrived under Coach John Bridgers pro-style offense making 144 career receptions at Baylor for 2,094 yards & 19 touchdowns. In 1963 he led the nation and also set a SWC record with 70 receptions for 873 yards and eight touchdowns. Elkins played in the 1965 East West Shrine Game, Coaches All-America Game & was Most Valuable Player of the Hula Bowl. He later played in the AFL with the Houston Oilers from 1965-1968 before injuries ended his career. Elkins was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1994. Elkins is a member of the TSHOF Class of 2009.