Former FHS star still Happy


HAPPY FELLER successfully converts a point after at-tempt against Texas A&M University in Austin. Feller played three seasons with the Longhorns before being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He would be in the NFL for three seasons before leaving to work for Bell Sys-tems. — Standard-Radio Post/File photo

By Austin Eck

 

The Game of the Century

Feller was part of the 1969 Texas Longhorns that went undefeated and won the national championship. The key game to their run was a late season game against the University of Arkansas.

Two undefeated teams, then-Southwest Conference Rivals, UT and University of Arkansas matched up for the game that was dubbed “The Game of the Century.”

UT was ranked number one in the nation, and Arkansas was ranked number two. The winner of the game would win the Southwest Conference championship as well as a birth to the Cotton Bowl for a chance to win the national championship.

Originally, the game was scheduled as an early season match up, but the American Broadcasting Company moved the game to December because of its significance. The game was attended by sitting President Richard Nixon and future President George H.W. Bush.

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