Jacob Green & Autry Beamon Inducted into Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame

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December 13, 2010

By Bill Boehlke

Jacob Green & Autry Beamon

Jacob Green and Autry Beamon at the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame enshrinement.

TexasHoF_logo123Congratulations to Jacob Green and Autry Beamon, who joined several other notable sports figures inducted into the 2010 Class of the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame. The enshrinement was held on Saturday, December 11, 2010 at the Dallas Marriot City Center in Dallas, Texas.

Jacob was an All-American selection at Texas A&M in 1979 after compiling 134 tackles and a then school-record 20 quarterback sacks. His 37 career sacks still ranks second in A&M history, and he owns school records for career fumbles caused (12) and season fumbles caused (6 in 1978).

Green176_1117A first-round draft pick (10th overall) in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Seahawks, Jacob played twelve seasons in Seattle and one season for the San Francisco 49ers. He recorded 97.5 career sacks for the Seahawks (unofficially 116; sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982, Green’s third season), a team record, and at the time of his retirement good for No. 3 on the NFL all-time sacks leaderboard behind only Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor.

Jacob today works in athletic fundraising for Texas A&M, in addition to hosting his annual golf tournament in Seattle each summer, in benefit of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Beamon176_1117Autry was a defensive back at Texas A&M-Commerce, and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 12th round (311th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft. 1977 was his best year as a pro – and his first with the Seahawks – when he totaled six interceptions. He would follow that with four interceptions in 1978, and following the 1979 season in Seattle he would finish his career with the Cleveland Browns (1980-81).

Putting his business degree to good use, Autry today works as a Senior Marketing Manager at Holcim in Minneapolis, MN; the company is one of the world’s leading suppliers of cement and aggregates for the construction industry.

2010 marks the 15th Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame, honoring athletes, coaches and other figures who made black sports history in Texas great. This coveted sports program operates under the umbrella of the Friends of Sports History at The African American Museum.

First introduced in 1996, the TBSHOF chronicles the sports history contributions made by African American Texans. The general public submits the nominees, and then a panel of judges (including journalists in sports and media) makes the final selections.

Joining Jacob and Autry in the football inductees category are: Danny Davis, a history-making University of Houston quarterback; Greg Hill, Dallas Carter HS, Oklahoma State University and a solid running back in the NFL; Greg Pruitt, Houston-bred game-breaking running back with the University of Oklahoma and the NFL.