If you grew up like me, Lord, help you. But if you did, you grew up watching wrestling on Saturday mornings, and you probably grew up watching the Von Erichs. David, Kerry, and Kevin plus their old man Fritz staged epic feuds with the Fabulous Freebirds and later Ric Flair. Looking back, the Freebirds had better marketing and better hair. They were Lynard Skynard meets the squared circle. There I was, every Saturday morning, watching those heels take on the great Von Erichs, typically in a non-sanctioned event.
It was glorious.
Before he was the barefoot assassin of the Von Erich clan, Kevin Von Erich was a fullback for Hayden Fry’s North Texas State Mean Green squads of the mid to late 1970s. Kevin’s old man, Jack Adkisson, aka Fritz Von Erich played for SMU in the 1950s.
Kevin spent his high school career at Lake Dallas where he lettered three years in football and put in time with the track team. He played on the scout team before a knee injury ended his career before it ever really began. He went into the family business a year later, wrestling with his dad and brothers until his retirement in the early 2000s.
In 2009, Kevin earned induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, along with his dad and brothers. Kevin is the only living member of his wrestling family. A string of tragic circumstances, David died while on a wrestling tour of Japan, while brothers Kerry, Mike and Chris each committed suicide.
Kevin turns 61 today, have yourself a day big guy. Maybe put the Iron Claw on somebody.