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3/21/05-Tyler

Legendary Coach In Town For FCA Banquet

One of the legends of college football spent the evening in Tyler, celebrating with the Northeast Texas Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Former Texas A&M and University of Alabama coach Gene Stallings was on hand at the "Heart of a Champion" Award Banquet to present the "Heart of a Champion" award that carries his name. Stallings has been a longtime supporter of the FCA. He is proud to be associated with the longest continuous chapter, which he helped affiliate at the University of Alabama. Cowboys head coach Tom Landry was president of the FCA while Stallings was an assistant coach there. The Paris, Texas native says having an award named for him may be a little too much.

"The award is a humbling experience," Stallings said. "It should not be named after me. I wish it was named after my son Johnny. I'm just another guy that just happens to be coaching some good players from time to time."

This years Gene Stallings Heart of a Champion award, which annually recognizes a community leader in Northeast Texas who has exemplified the core values of FCA in philanthropic endeavors and community involvement, was presented to Mrs. Louise Herrington Ornelas.

Kevin Berns reporting.
kberns@kltv.com

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