Every UT Longhorn fan will want to grab hold of this backpocket-sized book about the beginnings and the not-so-distant past of his or her revered team. To those straining to grasp what all the fuss is about, Longhorn Football Legends is for them, too.
Author Dave Sessions is a UT Ex but also a professional sports writer (formerly of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram) unafraid to lay bare some of the squad’s most embarrassing episodes, like when a 30-year-old imposter from California talked his way into a football scholarship and onto the field.
And Sessions deftly retells the team’s proudest moments.
Revisit the greatest games and championships, then see how a UT student dognapped Reveille, Texas A&M’s beloved mascot, after learning it was the only such symbol in the Southwest Conference never to have been stolen.
Legends covers the rivalries, the historic seasons, the standout players and the larger-than-life coaches (with numerous citations of Darrell Royal’s best “Royalisms”). It tells the stories behind Bevo, “Hook ‘em Horns,” and the Longhorn logo that seems to adorn every other car in Texas.