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Luling in Caldwell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Emory D. Bellard

"Inventor of the Wishbone Offense"

— Member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame —

 
 
Emory D. Bellard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2022
1. Emory D. Bellard Marker
Inscription.  Emory Bellard grew up one of 3 children here in Luling while his father was a geologist during Luling's oil boom in the 1920's. His legendary career as a high school football coach started in 1952 and it was during his High School coaching days that he explored the idea of running a 3-back formation on offense. After winning 3 State High School Championships, he was hired as an assistant coach at the University of Texas in 1967 under Darrell Royal. He was elevated to offensive coordinator the next season, which is when he was able to fully implement his vaunted "Wishbone Offense". This new offensive style became a staple for football teams all around the country and led to numerous High School State level Championships and Collegiate National Championships as schools rushed to implement his successful offensive system. Bellard also had successful stints as a Head Coach at Texas A&M and Mississippi State, where he beat the #1 ranked and unbeaten Alabama Crimson Tide in 1980. He retired from coaching in 1993 and died in 2011 after battling Lou Gehrig's disease.
 
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historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational AreasSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1952.
 
Location. 29° 40.883′ N, 97° 38.944′ W. Marker is in Luling, Texas, in Caldwell County. Marker is at the intersection of East Davis Street and Laurel Avenue, on the left when traveling west on East Davis Street. The marker is located in the eastern section of the Rafael Rios Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Luling TX 78648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Heritage Circle... (here, next to this marker); Robert "Skip" Rutherford (here, next to this marker); Sgt. James M. Logan (here, next to this marker); James Raleigh Mackey (here, next to this marker); City of Luling (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Rafael Rios Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Luling (about 400 feet away); The Wright Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Luling.
 
Also see . . .  Emory Bellard. Wikipedia
In 1967, Bellard was hired as the linebackers coach at the University of Texas at Austin and was moved to offensive coordinator in 1968. At this time, he developed
Emory D. Bellard Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2022
2. Emory D. Bellard Marker
and implemented the wishbone formation, a system inspired by the variations of the veer developed by Homer Rice and run by Bill Yeoman at the University of Houston.
(Submitted on August 24, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Emory D. Bellard Marker is the marker in the middle of the markers image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2022
3. The Emory D. Bellard Marker is the marker in the middle of the markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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