Happy birthday to a Hog great and a College Football Hall of Famer, the pride of Longview, Loyd Phillips who turns 73 today.
As a senior defensive tackle at the University of Arkansas, Phillips won the 1966 Outland Trophy as college football’s top interior lineman. Phillips defected from the state to play for Frank Broyles great Arkansas teams out of high school. Philips was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection who helped the Razorbacks to a 29-3 record from 1964-66. He earned consensus All-America honors in 1965 and 1966 as well.
A raging, 240 pounder interior lineman, Philips ended his career with over 300 tackles. The 1964 Razorbacks went undefeated and won the National title. The Hogs came close to repeating in 1965, but an injury to starting quarterback John Brittenum led to a loss to LSU in the Cotton Bowl. That team won an epic battle against then Number one ranked Texas, 27-24 and finished third in the final AP Poll.
Philips became a Chicago Bear when the franchise selected him 10th overall in the 1967 NFL draft. His career as a pro, however, was cut short by a leg injury, limiting him to just over three seasons. Phillips returned to Arkansas to finish his degree in health education and earned a master’s degree. He then went into public school administration.
Happy Birthday Mr. Phillips. Have yourself a day.