Bobby Taylor, Longview High School
Bobby Taylor was a three-year starter for the Lobo football team from 1989-91. During those three years, he was a two-time all-state honoree and was named a USA Today High School All-American. He was also part of Longview’s 1992 state championship Lobo basketball team as well as running a leg on the state champion 1,600-meter relay team. Taylor was also named to the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2009, he was a first-team selection at defensive back on the University Interscholastic League’s All-Century Football Team. After LHS, Taylor played cornerback at Notre Dame from 1992-94, earning All-America honors in 1994. After Notre Dame, he was a second-round draft pick and played 10 seasons in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles from 1995-2003 and for the Seattle Seahawks in 2004. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2002. In his 10 NFL seasons, he appeared in 129 regular season games, starting in 109 of them. He had 384 tackles and four quarterback sacks, 19 interceptions for 224 interception return yards and two touchdowns. He is also the only Lobo football player whose uniform number (24) has been retired.
J.D. Olford, Lufkin High School
His son Jason and spouse Annie Olford are there to accept the award. J.D. started his athletic career in 1968 as a freshman with the famous Lufkin Dunbar Tigers as a defensive back playing free safety under the leadership of the late great Coach Elmer Redd. He was privileged to be a part of the oldest rivalry in the state of Texas, Lufl€in and Nacogdoches for 4 yrs. His speed in track and on the football field as well as his many interceptions was instrumental in leading the his team to several conference games and a state championship game. In 1970 he became a Lufkin Panther and moved to the position of wide receiver He graduated from Lufkin High School in 1971 and moved to Conway, Arkansas where he played for the UCA Bears as a defensive back In 1978 he joined the American the world’s largest Manial Arts organization in Little Rock, Arkansas, and received his Blackbelt and Instructor’s Certification, He moved back to Lufkin in 1980 and started the I ATA school in the state of Texas, which now hosts over 100 schools. He received his Master Instructor’s certification in 1998, and was awarded the title 7th Degree Blackbelt, Senior Master on June 6, 2015. He had a passion for children and education, and assisted Taekwondo students with their college goals by offering part time employment through his school. His philosophy as well as the ATA was “every child is a winner,” and “children are always the only future the human race has: teach them well “