UT & JFK: A Link that Lasts a Lifetime

by Ari Temkin (story), with photos courtesy of David McWilliams

November 22, 1963 started out as a normal day for the number one college football team in the country. The Texas Longhorns, who began the season ranked third, had surpassed both USC and Oklahoma. UT now controlled its own destiny in trying to secure Coach Darrell Royal’s first national championship. It was Friday, and the team was preparing for its biggest game of the season: their final regular season matchup against the Texas A&M Fighting Aggies at Kyle Field in College Station. The team practiced, but the players and coaches lingered. The team was expecting some important guests.

Two hundred miles to the north, those guests were in the thick of a busy campaign tour in Dallas. One of the visitors, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was an avid football fan.

Read more in the Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014 issue of S.A. Scene.