Our first inductee is Paul Dickson. Paul was a 1955 graduate of Waco High School. During his high school years Paul excelled as an offensive and defensive lineman for the Tigers.
After high school, Paul accepted a football scholarship from the Baylor Bears. At Baylor, Paul became a two-way starter in both his junior and senior years. His career at Baylor was outstanding as he led the underdog Bears to a Sugar Bowl victory against the mighty Tennessee Vols in 1957.
In 1959, after a stellar collegiate career, Paul was a 1st round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams. After short stints with the Rams, Cowboys, and Cleveland Browns, Paul found his pro football home when he was picked up by the newly formed Minnesota Vikings. And, for the next 9 years, he was an integral part of the famous “Purple People Eaters” defensive line. In his final season with the Vikings, Paul was fortunate to have been a part of Super Bowl IV.
Tonight, the Waco I.S.D. Athletic Department is proud to recognize the late Paul Dickson as our newest inductee in the WISD Athletic “Hall of Fame”
Note: Here to accept the award on behalf of their father are Slade and Scott Dickson and families.
Our next inductee is Charles Silmon. Charles is a 2009 graduate of Waco High School. He competed in football and track throughout his high school career.
In the spring of 2008, Charles burst onto the track scene after finishing as a runner up at the State meet in the 200 M Dash. His 21.02 clocking was recorded as the 5th fastest schoolboy time in the nation. Then, in the spring of 2009, Charles claimed the state title in the 100 M Dash to cap off an amazing and illustrious H.S. career.
After graduation, Charles lit up the collegiate and international track world both as an individual and as a team member. His Freshman year, he blazed to a 10.24 100 M dash to capture his first conference title in the Mountain West Conference. In 2011, he was 2nd team All American in the 100 M and 200 M dash in the same conference.
Then in 2012, the Horned Frogs first year in the Big 12, Charles earned 2nd Team All American honors as he once again was the 100 M dash champion.
In his final collegiate season, Charles became the fastest man in sports by winning the 100 M dash in “get this” 9.89 seconds. For his efforts, Charles was named outstanding male performer of the season.
Please join the Waco I.S.D. athletic department in honoring Charles Silmon as Waco’s newest inductee into the Athletic Hall of Fame.