The Athens Review
FORT WORTH —
Every year, a media celebrity who successfully has promoted the western lifestyle is inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
It’s called the Rick Smith Spirit of Texas Award this year’s honoree was former Dallas Cowboys star defensive tackle Randy White.
Over the years, White enthusiastically has competed in celebrity roping and cutting horse events.
"When I came to Texas, I always enjoyed watching a rodeo," White said. "When I watch a rodeo, I understand the work and the preparation and the commitment that those guys make to be good at what they do, just like I did when I played football."
White also promotes Western themes through the Randy White Hall of Fame Barbeque restaurant in Frisco. He established the eatery in 1994, the same year he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As a pro football player, White suited up for the Cowboys entirely, from 1975 through 1988. Throughout the 14 years, White missed only one game. All in all, he played in 209 games, including three Super Bowls.
White was elected co-Most Valuable Player in Super Bowl XII, when the Cowboys defeated Denver 27-10 in the New Orleans-based Louisiana Superdome and became the 1977 champions. He also was a nine-time All-Pro defensive lineman.
Though he's received football's highest honors, White, 60, emphatically said he highly values being inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame.
"It really is a humbling experience and it does mean as much to me as my Super Bowl ring and my (NFL) Hall of Fame ring," White said. "To be accepted into this circle, is a great honor for me."
Six-time world all-around champion Larry Mahan, who is a member of the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, said White was very worthy of being inducted.
"Randy White is a great representative of the state of Texas and the cowboy lifestyle and heritage to the nth degree," Mahan said. "He played one of this country's greatest sports [football] and then he decided he wanted to get involved in this cowboy world. He did it in a good way."
During the Jan. 17 awards ceremony in the Fort Worth Stockyards, former Cowboys star running back Walt Garrison placed White's Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame medal on America's Team's former defensive star. Garrison, who competed in PRCA rodeos in the 1970s as a steer wrestler the same time he was playing for the Cowboys, said White has been a great ambassador for the cowboy lifestyle.
"Randy is interested in the Western lifestyle and he promotes it every day," said Garrison, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member. "He wears hats, he wears boots, he ropes, he rides cutting horses. He's certainly an athlete and a great asset to the sport of rodeo."
White was among five members of the Class of 2013 entered into the hall. The others were the Fort Worth-based Edwards Family/Ranch, Dallas sports physician Tandy Freeman, 14-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Sandy Kirby and the late Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association stock contractor Tommy Steiner.
Fort Worth rodeo
The Fort Worth Stock Show's traditional PRCA rodeo runs through Feb. 9. For more information, visit www.fwssr.com or call 817-877-2420.
The Professional Bull Riders’ Built Ford Tough Series tour is scheduled to stop at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on March 2. For more information, visit www.pbr.com.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter century. Email him at email@example.com.