2008 – FOOTBALL – ATHLETE OF DISTINCTION
Canon-McMillan High School
Texas Christian University
Athlete of Distinction – Football
Darrell Patterson was an outstanding two sport athlete at Canon-McMillan excelling in both football and wrestling. He was team captain and MVP of the Big Mac football team in 1979 as an All-Western Conference running back. Darrell was also named
Second Team WPIAL.
As a wrestler in the storied Big Mac program, Patterson was a Western Conference Champion in 1978 and 1979, a Section Champion in 1977 and 1979, and a WPIAL Champion and PIAA Runner-Up in 1979.
As a member of the Texas Christian University football team, Darrell left his mark.
His honors include:
• Defensive Newcomer and Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year in 1997
• Team captain and All-SWC from 1980 to 1982
By the end of his career at TCU, Darrell was the all-time leader with 544 tackles,
286 unassisted tackles, and 258 assisted tackles.
Patterson was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth rough of the 1983 NFL draft, but opted to play in the Canadian Football League. He won a Grey Cup Championship with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1984, serving as captain from 1985-1988 and winning Defensive MVP honors in 1987.
As a member of the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1989 and 1990, Darrell was the team captain and set a record for tackles in a single game. In 1989, the Tiger Cats were the Grey Cup runner-up.
After his playing career, Darrell Patterson began his professional and college coaching career, which continues today. Since 2006, he has been at Rice University with stops in Akron, Temple, Kentucky, Arkansas State, Baylor, SMU, and the Canadian Football League.