Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Lawrence Elkins

Lawrence Elkins

Brownwood High School


Inducted in 1987

Elkins is generally recognized as Baylor’s greatest pass receiver, nosing out Stanley Williams and Sam Boyd for that honor. Elkins earned all-state recognition while playing on some of Gordon Wood’s greatest teams at Brownwood high School. He also excelled in other sports. Coach Woods called Elkins “the greatest competitor I ever saw.” Darrell Royal said Elkins’ performance against his Longhorns in the memorable 1963 classic was the “greatest performance by a pass receiver I ever saw.” Elkins took a severe battering from Texas tacklers that day but always got up and never complained. “I didn’t want to get up,” Elkins told a writer, “but I did.” That season he caught 12 touchdown passes including three for touchdowns against A & M. Elkins is Baylor’s first two-time consensus All-America performer. Among the highest paid pros in history, Elkins signed with the Houston Oilers after graduation. A knee injury shortened what promised to be a great pro career. Brownwood High School and Baylor University will always acclaim Elkins as one of their most super athletes.