By Don Wallace
The legend of Dr. James “Jim” Swink just keeps on growing.
Not that he would want it to, it just has a live of its own.
Swink, was always the charming football hero with straight A’s, who did the right thing.
Now some 52 years after he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated for his exploits as a half back at TCU, Swink is still giving back to his alma mater at Rusk.
The lobby of Citizens 1st Bank in downtown Rusk is full of memorabilia, including rare black and white game films, from Swink’s football career at Rusk and TCU. Also in the lobby is an impressive array of awards he received during his spectacular career with the Horned Frogs.
Swink is a member of the Texas High Football Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and the National College Academic Hall of Fame, The Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame and the Texas Athletics Hall of Fame and the 2005 recipient of the Doak Walkers Legends Award.
While running the ball for the purple frogs, Swink was named All-American twice, he was a four time SWC All-Academic member and twice All-American academically. He finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting as a junior, losing the prestigious honor to Howard “Hopalong” Cassady of Ohio State.
His awards on being displayed at the bank through Friday, they will be donated to Rusk ISD to be displayed.
Swink, now 70 and retired from a long and successful medical career, is below his playing weight. He still has a twinkle in his eye when tells a story that lets you know he was no ordinary player.
“I was lucky, I was on a good team with a coach I got along with at TCU,” Swink said, downplaying his exploits.
By Don Wallace
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All registration fees will be refunded in full.
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