ABILENE, Texas – Hardin-Simmons' football team is introducing a Hall of Honor for the program.
This award is designed to recognize and honor former players for their contributions while playing football at Hardin-Simmons as well as their accomplishments off the field.
Jimmie Keeling will be the first inductee to the Hall of Honor. Keeling led the revival of the HSU program in 1990 after a 27-year absence of football at HSU. He led the Cowboys to a 172-53 record and led HSU to the NAIA playoffs five times and to the NCAA Division III playoffs six times.
He won 10 Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association and American Southwest Conference titles and had 19 straight winning seasons. He has an all-time record of 368-144-11 as a head coach at the high school and collegiate levels.
Keeling will be the only inductee this year. In the years to come, up to four inductees will be selected from a committee and be honored during the Champions Dinner in the first week of May. The goal of the committee will be to induct Cowboys who may or may not already be in the HSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
"There are a large number of players who are not only worthy but deserve to be recognized for their contributions to the legacy of Cowboy Football," said HSU head coach Jesse Burleson. "Our hope is that by introducing a Hall of Honor, the traditions of our program will continue for many years to come."
This year's Champions Weekend will take place May 3-4. The Champions Dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at the Abilene Convention Center with current Highland Park and former Abilene Cooper head coach Randy Allen welcoming Coach Keeling. Tickets can be purchased online at the link below and 100 percent of the proceeds go toward our current Cowboys.
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