GONZALO GARCIA


Football
Little All-American
Southwest Texas State Teachers College 1948

 

The Rio Grande Valley has always contributed outstanding athletes to the Lone Star
Conference and one of the best was Gonzalo Garcia, who starred for Southwest Texas
State Teachers College in the late 1940's.
In 1945, G onzalo played guard with the Undefeated and Untied Brownsville High
Eagle team that captured the District Championship. That year he made All-District
and was selected to the All-Valley team. He also was the District and Regional Discus
Champion He played in the Citrus Bowl during his senior year and won the Regional
Golden Gloves Heavyweight Championship in Austin.
Garcia received a scholarship from Southwest Texas State University and was chosen
to the Lone Star Conference "dream team " three years. He was selected Little AllAmerican
as a guard during the 1948 season. That same year, Southwest Texas won the
Conference. Garcia is probably the first Hispanic to be named AII·American. He is active
in community and church affairs and has coached Brownsville High to one regional and
two District Crowns. He has been selected as a personality of the South and to Who's
Who in the First Methodist Church. Garcia, his wife Hinelda and five children reside in
Brownsville.