Big Country Athletic Hall of Famer elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Big Country Athletic Hall of Famer Ed Sprinkle, who grew up in Taylor County, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Centennial Class.
Sprinkle, who was inducted into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007, grew up in Bradshaw, and played one year of six-man football at South Taylor High School in Tuscola. He played football for three seasons at Hardin-Simmons before the school dropped sports because of World War II.
Sprinkle then joined the Navy and received an appointment to the Naval Academy, where he played football in 1943. After the war, he signed with the Chicago Bears, played two years at guard and the next 10 years as offensive and defensive end and was considered one of the NFL’s top pass rushers during his playing days. He played in the first Pro Bowl in 1951 and made the team every year except 1954 when he was injured.
Dubbed by Time Magazine as the “Meanest Man in Football,” he played 13 seasons for the Chicago Bears under legendary coach George Halas, who called Sprinkle the toughest player he ever coached.
Sprinkle was named to the All-Pro team on six different occasions in his career, and he was named to the Chicago Hall of Fame in 1994. He is also a member of the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame for professional football.
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