The Texas Christian University Horned Frogs are bringing back a special weapon for this weekend’s match-up with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Jack Spikes has been named one of the Frogs honorary captains. Spikes was a TCU All-American fullback from 1957-1959. Spikes played the Buckeyes one time in his college career and he emerged victorious.
Spikes played a huge role in giving the Buckeyes their only blemish in the 1957 season, an 18-14 loss at home, in the season opener against TCU. The legendary Spikes scored a touchdown in that game. Ohio State finished the season with an overall record of 9-1 and claimed the 1957 National Championship, under head coach Woody Hayes. The 1957 Horned Frogs started strong, but finished with an overall record of 5-4-1.
Spikes was named All-Southwest Conference in 1958, when the Frogs were outright conference champions. The next year, when the Frogs were SWC co-champs, Spikes was named All-SWC and All American. He was the Most Valuable Player of the 1959 Cotton Bowl.
Spikes began his professional career, in 1960, with the Dallas Texans and moved with them to Kansas City, in 1963. He also played with the San Diego Chargers, Houston Oilers, and Buffalo Bills of the American Football League. In 1962, Spikes was named MVP of the AFL Championship game. His Dallas Texans defeated the Houston Oilers, 20-17, in Houston, Texas. Spikes and his teammates received a bonus of $2,261.00, each, for the victory. Spikes’ professional football career spanned seven years.
Horned Frogs Legend and National Football League Hall of Famer, LaDainian Tomlinson, will be the other TCU honorary captain.
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