Texas High School Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Olie Cordill

Olie Cordill

Big Spring High School


Inducted in 2000

Cordill was an outstanding running back and punter at Big Spring. His 1934 team won district and beat El Paso in bidistrict, 19-7, before losing to Amarillo in the quarterfinals. Cordill was selected to play in the second annual THSCA All-Star Game in 1935, and went on to letter at Rice from 1937-39. The Owls won the SWC title during his sophomore season, and Cordill caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Ernie Lain to spark a 28-14 win over Colorado in the Cotton Bowl. After earning All-SWC honors at running back in 1939, he played in the 1940 East-West Shrine Game. Cordill played wide receiver and defensive back in 1940 for the Cleveland Rams but his pro career was cut short by military service from 1941-45. He died on Nov. 14, 1988, at age 72.