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Texas’ Royal Remembered As Humble Champion

156328787 Texas Royal Remembered As Humble Champion

AUSTIN, TX – NOVEMBER 13: Governor Rick Perry sits next to Lt. Govenor David Dewhurst during a memorial service for former University of Texas Longhorns head coach Darrell K Royal on November 13, 2012 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) – Former Texas coach Darrell Royal was remembered Tuesday as a humble champion who built a powerhouse football program and a Longhorn brand known around the world.

About 1,200 people attended a memorial service for the coach who led Texas to national championships in 1963 and 1969 and a share of a third in 1970. Royal also revolutionized college football when he introduced the wishbone offense in 1968.

Royal died in Austin on Nov. 7 at the age of 88. He was buried at the Texas State Cemetery in a private service on Monday.

Among those attending the public memorial were former Arkansas coach Frank Broyles, former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer and former Texas A&M Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow. Country singer Willie Nelson sang “Healing Hands of Time.”

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