2019 NFF College Football “In Memoriam”

by Travis Normand
December 19, 2019

The following is a list of people who were significant members of the college football community and who passed away in 2019. The list was compiled by the National Football Foundation, and this is only a small portion of the people who were included (the full list can be seen HERE).

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Keith Jackson, 1928-2018

by Travis Normand
January 15, 2018

Keith Jackson passed away on January 12, 2018, and with his passing, a large chapter of college football’s history is permanently closed. Mr. Jackson was the voice of college football for as long as I can remember; and his voice is what I hear during the endless loop of replays that run through my head.

It saddens me to know that I will never hear another game called by Mr. Jackson, even though he actually retired a few years ago. Losing the voice of college football is something that future generations will simply have to learn to live without.

For more, I highly recommend the following ESPN.com article and video on Keith Jackson.

Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame Heisman Winner, Dies at 83

by Travis Normand

HWA 2008 Barton Springs TX - Johnny Latner

Me and Johnny Lattner (1953 Heisman Trophy Winner for Notre Dame) at the Heisman Winners Association dinner in 2008.

College football lost a great man today when Johnny Lattner passed away at age 83.  I had the privilege of meeting Johnny Lattner in 2007 at the Heisman Winner’s Association dinner in Austin Texas.  I attended three of those dinners (2007, 2008, and 2009) and I was able to visit with Lattner each time.  He was a great guy and was always a pleasure to visit with.

He will be missed.

Here is a Chicago Tribune article about Johnny Lattner, giving a short overview of his life, family, and playing career.  I highly recommend it.

Barney Welch, 1922-2014

Barney Welch, Photo Credit: TheEagle.com

Barney Welch, Photo Credit: TheEagle.com

by Travis Normand

Barney Welch, a great man and one of my first college football, and Texas A&M, interviewees passed away on November 24, 2014.  He will be missed.

Click HERE to read what I wrote after meeting with, and interviewing, Mr. Welch back in October 2004.

The following is Mr. Welch’s obituary as it appeared in the Bryan-College Station, Texas Eagle Newspaper.

Barney Welch
September 3, 1922 – November 24, 2014

I can run and not grow weary, I can leap and not grow faint. It’s heaven!

Barney was born in Hico, Texas and grew up in Stephenville. He graduated from Texas A&M where he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees. He was a World War II veteran, having fought in the European theater.

He was involved in athletics most of his life. Barney was the long time director of Intramurals at A&M. He was the only person in the Southwest Conference to be a football player, coach and official.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Porter Welch and his son, Frank.

Barney is survived by his son, Russell Welch and wife Isabel of Denton. Also his daughter, Lynda Black and husband Jerry of College Station. He has one sister, Lyndol Braunig of San Antonio. There are 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters along with 7 great grandchildren.

A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, November 29, 2014 at the College Station Cemetery. There will be no visitation prior to burial.

Memorials may be made to Grace Bible Church or Traditions Hospice in College Station.

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From the comments at CallawayJones.com

After Memorial Stadium was dedicated in Austin in 1926, the Aggies went 16 years without scoring a touchdown in that stadium. In 1942, Barney Welch returned a punt, untouched, in the fourth quarter to become the first Aggie to ever score a touchdown in Memorial Stadium. The Aggies had to wait until 1956 to defeat the Longhorns in Austin. Barney played a key role in the history of A&M football history and was dearly loved by all who knew him.

Jerry Cooper ’63
Editor – The Texas Aggie 1971-2002


Carroll Hoff “Beano” Cook (Sept. 1, 1931 – Oct. 10, 2012)

by Travis Normand

In response to MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn giving the returning Iranian hostages lifetime baseball passes; Beano Cook asked, “Haven’t they suffered enough?”
– Beano Cook (1981)

I hate writing this.

I have enjoyed creating this site (OnePointSafety.com) and I really enjoy posting random college football news and commentary for others to read.  However, for the first time I can say that I hate posting to this blog.  Why?  Because one of my college football heroes has passed away.

Carroll Hoff “Beano” Cook died Wednesday evening (10 October 2012) at the age of 81.

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