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Report: Phillips picked for Texas Sports Hall

The News staff reports

Port Neches-Groves graduate Wade Phillips is apparently headed to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday that Phillips is among eight selected for induction into the hall in Waco on Feb. 21. The Hall of Fame said on its website its Class of 2017 would be announced today.

Phillips is defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and helped the team win Super Bowl 50 last February for his first world championship in a career that has now lasted 39 seasons. Phillips was also head coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2007-2010, winning two division titles, and defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans before joining the Denver staff for the 2015 season.

Phillips graduated from PNG in 1965. His father Bum was head coach at both PNG and Nederland and hired Wade as an assistant coach with the Houston Oilers in 1976. Wade continued to coach under Bum with the New Orleans Saints and became interim head coach in 1985.

Wade Phillips also was head coach of the Broncos (1993-94), Buffalo Bills (1998-2000) and the Atlanta Falcons (on an interim basis in 2003).

Other 2017 inductees, the Star-Telegram reported, include volleyball player Rita Buck-Crockett, football player Dave Elmendorf, Texas A&M track coach Pat Henry, late volleyball player Flo Hyman, football player Eric Metcalf and gymnast Nastia Liukin.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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