Hall of Fame Inductee: Larry Gilbert
The 2011 Texas Tech Hall of Fame Induction Class.
Oct. 4, 2011
Larry Gilbert set the standard for Texas Tech wide receivers in the 1960's under head coach J.T. King.
Gilbert had been nominated to the Hall of Fame before and said while it is an honor to be nominated it is an unbelievable feeling to actually be included into the ceremony.
"I guess I never really thought what it would mean to actually be inducted into the Hall of Fame," Gilbert said. "It's probably one of the greatest honors that I've ever received. I love Texas Tech, it is a place that is very dear to my heart."
Since freshmen were not eligible to play in the Southwest Conference in the 1960's Gilbert had to play on the freshman team in 1964.
While playing as an underclassman, he was able to make the All-Conference freshman team.
He went on to play for the varsity team in 1965-1967, playing on 1965 that reached the Gator Bowl with other Tech talents such as Donny Anderson and Tom Wilson.
In 1966 and 1967 the Red Raiders broke new ground for Tech.
They beat Arkansas in 1966 for the first time in Southwest Conference play, and went on to beat them again in 1967.
Another feat the team accomplished was beating one of their biggest rivals while on the road.
"In 1967 we went to Austin and beat [Texas] in Austin which is historic," Gilbert said. "So, we kind of gained a little bit of respectability for the Texas Tech football program while we were there."
Gilbert attributes his success as a Texas Tech athlete to the mentors who influenced him on and off the field and the school mates he played for; the Saddle Tramps, the Goin' Band, the spirit teams and the fans.
"We jocks didn't play just for ourselves," Gilbert said. "I think the spirit that we had in the mid to late 60's and even the one that carries on now, you don't lose that over a lifetime."
The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at 6:00 p.m. in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Banquet Hall. The honorees will also be recognized prior to the Texas A&M football game the following day.