A Tale of Texas Tigers: A Tribute to Alexander Durley

Posted by Damali Binta on July-15-2009 Add Comments

He was "The Coach." I would describe him as stocky and stern, coach Alexander Durley was his name.

He would stroll down the hallway of the Samuel Nabrit Science Building at Texas Southern University (TSU) with books under his arm, looking straight ahead.

He was a mathematics professor, but as head football coach, he was respected and lauded. TSU's football team grew stronger under his leadership.

I never thought he noticed me or some of the other students who were not athletes at TSU. 

Forty-eight years later, I discovered he knew I existed. He told a former Texas Southern football player who became a well-known NFL star that I was "a good Samaritan."

If I had known in 1962 that "Coa...

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