He’s shared a few. I don’t think he was exceptionally close with Barry, especially since Barry was one of the people who was keeping Dad down the depth chart (they both played center/linebacker in one-platoon days).
But there were some interesting people on that team. Switzer. Alworth. Jim Mooty. Joe Paul Alberty, whose medical office was next to mine at Mercy in Fort Smith for a couple of years. Wayne Harris, who also was ahead of Dad on the depth chart for good reason. Mom swears she once heard Thumper say “if Jim Necessary wanted to play football, nobody would have heard of me.” Dad doesn’t believe it, and certainly Harris showed he belonged on the field at UA and in Calgary for all those years.
I never got to meet Alworth or Harris, but I did meet Switzer in the press box at a Hog game. I told him whose son I was, he looked at me and said, “Yeah, you look just like him.” Which is true. He told me a couple of stories about Dad that I can’t remember now. I also met Jarrell Williams, the longtime Springdale football coach who was also on that team, while covering high school football. He remembered Dad quite well. Of course he was only about 40 at that time…
Couple of others I’d forgotten: Billy Kyser, who went to dental school and returned to his native Camden, where he knew the restaurant owner whose daughter later became my wife. I think he came to my wedding. She definitely had the home church advantage.
And of course, Harold Horton, who was so good to me when I was working at UA and who got Dad back involved with the A Club after many years. Dad got to attend the 50-year reunion of the '59 team in 2009 (53 players were able to return, according to a UA release) and I know that was special to him and to Mom. I was jealous that I didn’t get to go and meet some of those people.
Paul Dudley and Jimmy Collier went on to the NFL. Collier was the wide receivers coach on the LSU team that ended our 22-game winning streak in the Cotton Bowl.