George Strohmeyer, Jr.

Inducted: 1990

Best Known For: Football: Player & Coach

Hometown: McAllen, TX

HS: McAllen High school

College: Texas A & M; Notre Dame

Professional Team: ACL

He was one of the first Valley first college All-Americans, and made All-Pro twice in the professional ranks, so George Strohmeyer Jr. of McAllen has to rank among the greatest of area athletes.

A 205-pound guard/linebacker who was also a Golden Gloves champ, Strohmeyer Jr. was named Best Blocker on the All-Valley squad of 1941 for the Bulldogs and was also one of the area’s best placekickers.

He then played freshman ball at Texas A&M before joining the Navy in 1943. He made Service Football All-America in 1944-45, ending up at Notre Dame after the war, where he was an All-America selection on the line for the unbeaten Fighting Irish of 1946.

Strohmeyer Jr. played two seasons in the All-America Football Conference, starring both ways, and then began a coaching career that took him to St. Ambrose (Iowa), Brownsville St. Joseph, Yoakum, and out to California.