Cowboys great White to give keynote speech at awards banquet

Randy White
Randy White

Randy White, a Super Bowl champion and former Super Bowl co-MVP for the Dallas Cowboys, will be the keynote speaker as the best players, coaches and teams from the year in Rio Grande Valley athletics are honored June 13 at the 2019 All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet at Mario’s Banquet & Conference Center in Mission.

White was the Cowboys’ first pick and second overall player (ahead of the great Walter Payton) selected in the 1975 National Football League draft.

After two years at middle linebacker he moved to starting right defensive tackle, and for the remainder of his 14-season career he was the anchor on an outstanding Cowboys defensive line.

White, nicknamed “Manster” (half man, half monster), was named co-MVP of Super Bowl XII with defensive line teammate Harvey Martin after the Cowboys defeated the Denver Broncos 27-10.

White played in three Super Bowls and six NFC championship games. He recorded four sacks in the three Super Bowls, including two in Super Bowl X against Pittsburgh. In his regular season career, White was credited with 1,104 tackles, 701 solo tackles and 111 sacks.

In 1978, he was named the NFC defensive player of the year, and he was named to nine straight All-Pro and Pro Bowl teams before retiring after the 1988 season. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994. White missed only one game in 14 seasons with the Cowboys, and Dallas coach and Mission native Tom Landry once said of White, “his performances range anywhere from spectacular to spectacular.”

The banquet, hosted by RGVSports.com and AIM Media Texas in conjunction with the RGV Sports Hall of Fame, will see more than 30 awards presented to athletes, coaches and teams across 12 UIL sports. The prestigious Tom Landry Award of Excellence will honor a student-athlete for outstanding achievements on and off the field.

The Brownsville Herald, Valley Morning Star, The Monitor, Mid-Valley Town Crier and RGV Sports Hall of Fame will vote to determine the winners in the sports categories. The All-Valley Sports Awards Banquet will recognize the very best across all three coverage areas. The banquet, which will run approximately from 6 to 8 p.m., returns to Mario’s for a third consecutive year. The venue has a seating capacity of more than 500 people. Tickets will be on sale soon for $40 per person. For sponsorship opportunities, call Marcia Kitten at (956) 683-4463 or email mkitten@aimmediatx.com.