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The Texas Bowl Committee will honor past football greats from the state of Texas during the Texans game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, August 28.

The 2008 Texas Bowl Gridiron Legends class includes Jackie Sherrill, Mickey Herskowitz, Ecomet Burley, Ken Burrough and Jack Pardee. The Gridiron Legends will be available on the field from 6:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday night for interviews.

What: Texas Bowl Committee honors Texas Gridiron Legends

Where: Reliant Stadium

When: Thursday, August 28, 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. CDT. Prior to kickoff of Texans – Buccaneers game

Who: Texas Bowl Gridiron Legends Ecomet Burley, Ken Burrough, Mickey Herskowitz, Jack Pardee and Jackie Sherrill

A star player at Lufkin High School and a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Burley went on to play for six seasons in the Canadian Football League. As a principal and superintendant in local middle and high schools, he developed a reputation for turning around troubled schools.

After an All-America career at Texas Southern, Burrough helped transform the 1970s Houston Oilers into the “Luv ya Blue” era. He was a two-time Pro Bowl selection during his time with the Oilers.

Herskowitz covered local and national sports for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post for over 50 years. He also won many awards for his sports journalism and was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.

Pardee played for coach “Bear” Bryant’s famed Junction Boys at Texas A&M where he earned All-America honors. Pardee spent a great deal of his coaching career in Houston, first with the Houston Gamblers of the USFL, then at the University of Houston and ultimately with the Houston Oilers.

As head coach at Texas A&M, Sherrill started the legendary “12th Man” kickoff team and built the Aggies into a national powerhouse in the 1980s. Sherrill guided the Aggies to a 52–28–1 record and three Southwest Conference titles in seven years.

The 2007 Texas Bowl was a rousing success as TCU defeated Houston, 20-13, in front of 62,097 fans—the third-largest crowd ever to see a college bowl game in Houston and the eighth-largest non-BCS bowl game in the nation. The bowl boasted over 20,000 season tickets and over 35,000 tickets sold before the matchup was announced. The Texas Bowl has averaged $25 million in local revenue over the past two years, putting it on par with major conventions such as the Offshore Technology Conference in terms of economic impact in the greater Houston area. The Texas Bowl also donated $150,000 to DePelchin Children’s Center over the last two years.

For more information, please contact Texas Bowl media relations director Zac Emmons at 832-667-2220 or via email at Zac Emmons.

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