Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Doug English

Doug English


  • Position: Defensive Tackle
  • School: Texas
  • High School: Bryan Adams HS (Dallas,TX)
  • Years: 1972-1974
  • Inducted: 2011
  • Place of Birth: Dallas, TX
  • Date of Birth: Aug 25, 1953
  • Jersey Number: 74
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 274

Member Biography

Doug English was not a household name at Dallas�s Bryan Adams High School until his senior season. Pat Patterson, defensive line coach at the University of Texas, described English as, �all Adam�s apple and elbows,� but still saw something in the player and recruited him to play football for the Longhorns. Once at Texas, English began to develop skills in the weight room and the practice field by matching up against teammate and future Hall of Famer Jerry Sisemore. Doug helped lead the Longhorns to a Cotton Bowl victory over Alabama his sophomore season. That year the Texas defense held six of its 11 opponents to ten points or less. As a result of his spectacular play, English led the Longhorns to three straight seasons of being ranked 17th or higher and helped claim two Southwest Conference titles. Doug was a force on the Longhorn defense, averaging 10 tackles per game. The two-time All �Southwest Conference player received many honors his senior season including being named a first-team All-America in 1974, the UT team MVP, winning the Texas� George �Hook� McCullough Outstanding Football Player Award, and the D. Harold Byrd Leadership Award. After his playing days in Austin he was inducted into Longhorns Hall of Honor and the Texas High School Sports Hall of Fame. English, the 16th Longhorn player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame, graduated with a degree in history in 1976. A second-round selection in the 1975 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, he enjoyed a ten-year career in which he played in four Pro Bowls and was named a First Team All-Pro in 1982 and a Second Team All-Pro the following season. He started 98-of-131 career contests, recorded 25 total sacks and recorded a career-best 13 sacks in 1983. English holds the NFL career record with four safeties. Doug now lives in Austin, Texas, and is an owner of a supplier logistics company. He is the president of the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation which has raised $2.4 million towards research of paralysis from spinal cord injuries through celebrity golf tournaments.
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