Four former Sam Houston State University athletes who moved from collegiate athletic fields to successful careers in law, education, coaching and the military have been named to the Bearkat Hall of Honor for 1999.
To Hall of Honor
Induction is scheduled at a noon luncheon Oct. 16 during 1999 Sam Houston State University homecoming activities.
Those selected are:
Burgess, who lives in The Woodlands, is a shareholder in the Conroe law firm of Hope & Causey. He earned his Sam Houston State University bachelor of business administration degree in 1975, his law degree from the University of Houston in 1978, and has practiced law for the past 21 years.
- Ray Burgess, four-year baseball letterman and co-captain and relief pitcher on teams that were among the nation's best in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for three years;
- Ricky Eggleston, four-year football letterman, starting tight end for three years, and all-America selection who ranks as one of the Sam Houston State football program's all-time leaders in several receiving categories;
- George "Jug" Jackson, two-year football letterman who was an outstanding running back and later coached nine high school teams to playoff seasons;
- Ken Jordan, four-year track letterman who continued to compete and be active as an amateur athlete and official, and recipient of the Silver Star for valor in combat in Vietnam.
Burgess compiled a career record of 26-5 as a Bearkat baseball player, primarily as a crafty change-up and curve-balling reliefer. He was 7-0 as a junior and 11-1 as a senior, and at one time won 14 games in a row. Teams on which he played finished third in the nation in 1972 and second in 1974 and 1975.
Eggleston, who has coached varsity football and basketball at Tomball High School for nine years, earned his bachelor of science degree in 1989 and master of education degree in 1995. In addition to his coaching duties, he teaches high school biology, geology and oceanography, and serves as sponsor for the Cougars for Christ and Fellowship for Christian Athletes organizations.
As a Bearkat he was named to several all-conference and all-America teams and ranks high in career statistics in several categories, including career yards, career catches, career touchdown catches and season touchdown catches. His performance against the University of Houston in 1987 produced seven catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns, and is considered one of the best ever by a Bearkat receiver.
George "Jug" Jackson
Jackson, of Hughes Springs, is athletic director at the Masonic Home in Fort Worth. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in 1960 and 1963. As a junior at SHSU in 1958 he led the Lone Star Conference in rushing and was named most valuable player in the Christmas Bowl, also earning all-conference and all-Texas honors.
His 31-year teaching and coaching career included positions at Lufkin, Bellville, Pearsall, Atlanta, New Diana, Elysian Fields, Arp, Clarksville, Lake Travis (Austin), Elgin and Harleton. His football teams at those schools went to the playoffs on nine occasions, including two that were semi-finalists, three quarter-finalists, one area finalist, and three district champions.
Jordan, who lives in San Diego, Calif., graduated from Sam Houston State in 1961 with a bachelor of business administration degree. He served as captain of the track team for two years and vice president of his junior and senior class as well as secretary of Sigma Chi fraternity.
He entered the United States Marine Corps and compiled an outstanding military record which included awards for valor in Vietnam before his retirement as a colonel. He has since worked as vice president and manager in corporate human resources for the Bank of America in San Francisco and continues to consult in the areas of operations management, training, human resources, staff functioning, strategic planning and career management.
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SHSU Media Contact: Frank Krystyniak
September 27, 1999
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