2015 Gridiron Legend:
Legendary Texas football coach and player Elwood Kettler is an original member of the 1954 Texas A&M football team known as the “Junction Boys.” In fact, Kettler was the team’s starting quarterback and one of its most influential leaders. The decorated quarterback earned All-Southwest Conference honors as a senior in 1954 after surviving Paul “Bear” Bryant’s famous 10-day summer camp in Junction, TX that earned them the nickname. After his playing career, Kettler began his coaching career in 1955 at a high school in Crockett, TX, where he finished his first year with a 6-4 record. His coaching career, which lasted almost 40 years, allowed him to find success in four different decades of Texas high school football. As a coach, Kettler regularly won district titles and had numerous playoff appearances at coaching stops in Angleton and Texas City. Kettler also kept up with his old college coach and spent time on Bear Bryant’s coaching staff at Alabama from 1960-62. As an assistant with the Crimson Tide, Kettler and Bryant won the 1960 National Championship. The “Junction Boys” team celebrated their 60th anniversary last year.