Fifty years after Abner Haynes (’62) finished his North Texas career and signed with the fledgling American Football League’s Dallas Texans — where he continued to amaze with his play — his contributions are being remembered among the greatest football moments in the region. With Super Bowl XLV headed to Dallas in January, the host committee is asking fans to vote on the region’s 100 greatest football moments through its Century in the Making online sweepstakes.
Voting remains open until Sept. 12 in the last category of the sweepstakes, where you can cast your vote for two Professional Moments featuring Haynes: the Dallas Texans’ 1960 defeat of the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFL’s first regular-season game in Dallas, and the team’s 1962 defeat of the Houston Oilers for the AFC title, in which Haynes scored two touchdowns.
An earlier Special Moments category of the sweepstakes included the 1960 AFL Player of the Year, All-Star and Rookie of the Year titles Haynes won while playing with the Texans, and the all-important integration of intercollegiate football in Texas, which began when Haynes and Leon King (’62, ’72 M.S.) joined North Texas’ 1956 freshman team.
The sweepstakes includes a chance to win Super Bowl XLV tickets, American Airlines AAdvantage miles and more. Results of the voting will be announced this fall.