By Robert H. Kelly
(Copyright 2008 TexSport Publications)
HOUSTON, TEXAS (January 21, 2008) The first official event of 2008 for the Texas team of the All America Football League will occur Saturday, January 26 at the Westin Oaks Hotel (Galleria) in Houston.
Fans are invited to the 2008 Player Draft Party from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The event is free and the public will be able to meet players, and coaches, in addition to watching the draft live.
Texas will introduce its protected players whom have been invited to training camp in Houston. Texas will also make its draft picks before a life audience for national television.
On October 24-25, 2007, Texas held tryouts at Rice University to evaluate talent. More than 600 players took part for a chance to take to the gridiron for the AAFL.
Former Texas based college players that participated include James Brown (QB-Texas), Phillip Geiggar (DB-Texas), Jackie Battle (RB-Houston), Preston Hartfield (RB-Texas Tech), Chad Stevens (TE-Texas), Johnny Mack (RB-Texas Tech) and Marcus Jasmin (DL-Texas A&M).
Former NFL players that attended included Quinton Caver (LB-Arkansas, Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys), Chris Floyd (RB-Michigan, New England Patriots). Randy Hymen (WR-Delaware State, Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles) and Peter Warrick (WR-Florida State, Cincinnati Bengals, Seattle Seahawks)
Texas kicks off the 2008 season against Arkansas. All Texas home games will be played at Rice Stadium on the campus of Rice University.