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Darrell K Royal (July 6, 1924 – November 7, 2012) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Mississippi State University (1954–1955), the University of Washington (1956), and the University of Texas at Austin (1957–1976), compiling a career college football record of 184–60–5. In his 20 seasons at Texas, Royal's teams won three national championships (1963, 1969, and 1970), 11 Southwest Conference titles, and amassed a record of 167–47–5. He won more games than any other coach in Texas Longhorns football history. Royal also coached the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL) for one season in 1953. He never had a losing season as a head coach for his entire career. Royal played football at the University of Oklahoma from 1946 to 1949. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1983. Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, where the Longhorns play their home games, was renamed in his honor in 1996.

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Darrell Royal


You've got to think lucky. If you fall into a mudhole, check your back pocket - you might have caught a fish.

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If everything had already been done, there would be nothing left for young people to accomplish. There are always going to be people who run faster, jump higher, dive deeper, and come up drier.

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Three things can happen when you pass and two of 'em are bad.

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Coaching at Texas and playing at the University of Oklahoma, I had the opportunity to see a lot of guys in Texas - Texas lettermen - who I played against.

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I don't count on the boy who waits till October, when it's cool and fun, then decides he wants to play.

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Breaks balance out. The sun don't shine on the same ol' dog's rear end every day.

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When I was a freshman at Oklahoma in 1946, the game was sold out - and it's been sold out ever since.

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I know that the odds are against a marriage lasting 60 years.

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Don't matter what they throw at us. Only angry people win football games.

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The only place you can win a football game is on the field, the only place you can lose it is in your hearts.

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I have found that the players who have played in that game really do have respect for their adversaries.

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I try not to make the same mistakes today that I made yesterday.

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I used to care more about the score than I do now.

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I move around and play different golf courses. I just enjoy it.

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It has really filled a big space, especially since I have been so-called retired - although I haven't noticed my schedule slacking at all.

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