Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Roosevelt Leaks

Roosevelt Leaks


  • Position: Running Back
  • School: Texas
  • High School: Brenham, TX (Brenham HS)
  • Years: 1972-1974
  • Inducted: 2005
  • Place of Birth: Brenham, TX
  • Date of Birth: Jan 31, 1953
  • Jersey Number: 46
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 220

Member Biography

The first African American Texas Longhorns player to earn All-America honors, Roosevelt Leaks powered his way for 2,923 yards and 26 touchdowns in just three seasons. A consensus All-America selection in 1973, Leaks finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting. His bid for three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons was derailed when he suffered a serious knee injury in his senior season. Leaks recovered to play nine seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Colts (1975-79) and Buffalo Bills (1980-83). Today, Leaks hosts an annual charity golf tournament for children in East Austin, Texas. In 2003, he became the first recipient of the Living Legends Award presented by the Ministry of Challenge.