His selection is not a slam-dunk, but at least the late Brad Hastings has been nominated to be inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor this year.
"Brad has been nominated in the past and is nominated again this year,'' Double T Association representative Mike Gustafson wrote Monday via e-mail. "The letterwinners will vote on the '09 class in the next month or so.''
Good. At least that's a start.
A former middle linebacker, Hastings died Apr. 6 of heart failure, but should have lived to see the day when Tech officials inducted him into the Hall of Honor.
While Hastings didn't play one of the glamour offensive positions at Tech like quarterback, running back or wide receiver, he still had a very large impact with the Red Raiders. From 1984-'86 at Tech, Hastings was a three-time all-Southwest Conference pick while being one of the best linebackers in the entire country.
By all acocunts, only recurring knee problems prevented him from having a stellar career in the NFL.
By the time he left Tech in 1987, Hastings was the school's all-time leader in tackles with 480. And, some 22 years later, he still is No. 2 on that list.
Can you say Texas Tech Hall of Honor?
Hastings also played in the 1986 Blue-Gray All-Star game _ a game that's specifically for the nation's top seniors. And the coaches who coached Hastings at Tech, Jerry Moore and Spike Dykes, always continuously speak highly of the 1983 Arlington Bowie graduate.
Hey, if that's not enough to get you inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Honor, I'm not sure what is.
TT letterwinners, you somehow missed inducting Brad Hastings into the Hall of Honor the first time around. Please don't miss it this time.
If anyone is deserving of this honor, it's Brad Hastings.
_ Dwain Price