POSTED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:48am
MISSION, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — The city of Mission has another memento from the accomplishments of Tom Landry.
It's all part of a program to honor the hometown roots of football's greatest players and coaches. The Pro Football Hall of Fame gave Mission High School a plaque honoring the late Cowboys coach.
"It's very much an honor to have the school remember him that way, to name the stadium after him, the street here in town, the murals on the wall, the museum, it's just a tremendous remembrance of him," said Tom Landry Jr., son of the former Cowboys coach.
Landry's presence can be felt throughout town. He coached the Dallas Cowboys for 29 seasons, winning a pair of Super Bowls, 270 career victories which led to the induction in the Hall of Fame in 1990.
In a football-mad state, he led the most popular team as one of the greatest coaches in league history.
Tom Landry grew up in Mission when the town was much smaller. His son likes to tell a story about the legendary coach and how he didn't wear shoes until high school. Now the former resident of the town that helped shape who he is can inspire countless others.
"The fact that we have a lot of tradition to uphold, Tom Landry, Tom Landry Stadium, it's an honor to be a part of this," said Sabas Garcia, a senior nose tackle for the Mission High football team.
The football team and most of the athletic department was on hand to see the ceremony. And the football team continues to recite the name that Mission residents learn from birth.
"It's something you're born knowing, being part of this town," Garcia said. "But it's something you grow up knowing more and more about it, it's just more amazing as it goes. The story just gets greater the older you get."