Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Nati Valdez

Nati Valdez

Mission High School


Inducted in 2008

Valdez was one of the most prolific receivers in Texas schoolboy history, despite playing before the widespread popularity in schoolboy circles of today's wide-open passing attacks. In three years at Mission, he caught 252 passes for 3,726 yards -- both all-class records in Texas at the time. As a junior in 1987, he snagged 104 receptions for 1,612 yards and 15 touchdowns to earn all-state honors for a Mission team that scored 54 TDs. He added another 16 TDs as a senior, and set a school record with 14 catches against McAllen Memorial. Considered one of the top four receiver recruits in Texas and a Super Prep All-American, he signed with BYU and had 38 receptions for 520 yards and 6 TDs before a broken collarbone on a TD catch as a junior effectively ended his career.