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4/27/08 - Tyler

Nevil Shed Brings Glory Road To Texas College

When Nevil Shed talks about Texas Western, he's proud of his National Championship, but more so of his team.

"We talked about character, role model," Shed said. "I really believe that Texas Western team, you've got to put them at the top when you talk about role models."

"Now, we're exercising the life after athletics. This is giving back time for me."

His Texas Western Miners won the 1966 NCAA Champiosnhip, a first for a team with an all-black starting lineup. Shed attacks his speeches the same way he attacked his game. He says the championship was a great moment, but an even better one came later, when thousands of minorities followed their example and enrolled in college.

 "It's really a blessing," he said. "From time to time in the airports or any place I might be, someone might recognize me and come up to me and say ‘Thank you for what you and your guys did.'"

"If we were a part of opening those doors, that's really a great honor for us."

Shed spoke about yesterday and today, bringing the conditions of 1966 into focus for today's Texas College athletes.

"We look back and say hey, the things that we went through, our children will never have to go through that today."

"And let's make sure that we continue to strive forward."

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