The Gordon Wood Hall of Champions will induct its 2014 class at a dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Christian Life Center of First United Methodist Church of Brownwood.
The event — open to the public — will feature remarks from Glen West, head football coach and athletic director at Brenham High School. Most recently, West was honored as “A Coach of Distinction” at the Texas Coaches Leadership Summit in Katy last February. A former Brownwood Lion, he is the son of former Brownwood assistant football coach and high school principal Kenneth West and the late Shirley West.
Chosen for induction this year are former Brownwood athletes Kirk Chastain, Tony Jones and Jared Morris, along with the 1957 Brownwood mile relay team. The late Rodger Sweeney, who was the public address announcer for Lions football for four decades, will also be inducted.
This is the 15th year for the Hall of Champions to recognize high school athletes at Brownwood High School along with others who played for Coach Wood before he came to Brownwood in 1960. The museum maintained by the Hall of Championships, and featuring the inductees, is located on the second floor of the Harvey House in the Depot complex. While still a work in progress, rooms that have been completed are open by appointment.
Tickets at $30 each are available at the Brownwood Area Chamber of Commerce office, KOXE-KBWD office, and from members of the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions board.
Jared Morris, a three-year Brownwood starter and first-team all-state selection at linebacker as a senior in 1998, had 114 unassisted tackles that year, 16 for losses, and was in on 68 others. He caused four fumbles, blocked three kicks, had four sacks and one pass interception.
During his career, Morris was credited with 242 solo tackles and was in on 219 others.
Morris also lettered in soccer, basketball and track. He qualified for state two years in discus and placed fourth his senior year.
During his senior year, Morris was recruited by several Division I schools. He earned a starting linebacker position his sophomore year at Texas A&M and led the team in tackles until being injured.
Morris was named to the Butkus Award watch list during his senior year. After recording a personal best record of 18 tackles in the opening game, he suffered a career ending knee injury the second game of the season.
He and his wife, Mary, have two children, Jaxson and Kennedy.
Editor’s Note: The Bulletin will profile each of the Gordon Wood Hall of Champions Class of 2014 inductees this week leading up to Saturday’s ceremony.