2015 Gridiron Legend:
One of the most accomplished and respected sports writers in the country, John McClain has been covering the NFL for the Houston Chronicle for over 35 years. He has won numerous awards around the country for his work covering the league and is the former President of the Pro Football Writers of America. McClain, who grew up in Waco and graduated from Baylor, left the Waco Tribune-Herald to join the Houston Chronicle in October 1976 to cover the original Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. He eventually moved to football coverage and his first Oilers’ training camp was in 1977. Now, McClain is a member of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee. In 2006, he received the Dick McCann Memorial Award as the Pro Football Hall of Fame recognized him for his long and distinguished reporting on the NFL. McClain is also a member of the Screen Actors Guild with appearances in movies such as The Rookie, The Longest Yard, Invincible, The Game Plan, Secretariat, Cook County and Spring Breakers.