Darrell Royal

Jul 6, 1924 – Nov 7, 2012 (Age 88)


Darrell K. Royal, the former Texas football coach known as much for his folksy, simplistic approach to life as for his creative wishbone offenses and two national championships, has died. He was 88.University of Texas spokesman Nick Voinis on Wednesday confirmed Royal's death. Royal had suffered...

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To the family of Darrel K Royal. We are sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts & prayers Max & Linda Easter

Thank you, Darrell, for your service to our country.

Daniel 2.44.que vien seria vivir bajo ese reino el cual pueda ayudar a todos los que nesesitamos

just a kid

His name was Darrell K Royal and he was my father. His middle name was simply "K" in honor of his mother Katy, who died months after giving birth to the youngest Royal boy, Darrell. It is not an abbreviation.

It is very, very difficult to find anyone on the planet who did not love this kid from Hollis.

He was a special person who sprang from the dust bowl and depression that was his childhood in Oklahoma. It doesn't get much more dramatic than that.

Coach Royal was one of a kind. Even my dad who was an alumni and Hawkeye Fan from Iowa admired Coach Royal and enjoyed the football games in Austin. My father treasured the autographed football signed by one of Coach's Champion Teams that was given to him by a friend. There will never be another Coach or person like him. At 73 i am still proud to say Hook'M Horns! And rest peacefully Darrell Royal you left a legacy no one will ever touch.

Your memory as a man for any and all seasons will be a fine guide for all of us to model our lives after. I will cherish your name, Darrell Kenneth Royal, as a name to be honored and remembered always! My family and I will honor your friendliness to us as strangers in 1973 and it will be one of our dearest of our dearest memories! If only this world could be blessed with more men like you!!!!

All of us who miss Coach Royal can be comforted by reading "Coach Royal: Voices and Memories." An interview by John Wheat, the book reminds us of his humor, honesty, and humility. I read it today and could almost see and hear him.

RIP, my friend. We will remember you and honor your memory always.

Hook 'em, Horns!

Vaya con Dios, Coach.