C.L. "Smokey" Boyle

Inducted: 1989

Best Known For: Officiating Football

Hometown: Harlingen

High School Coach: Football


He’s got a number of claims to fame, including a fantastic career as a top-flight football official and fisherman, and being credited by Texas Monthly as the man who coined the long-enduring term “Winter Texan.”

C.L. “Smokey” Boyle worked more than 500 high school and college games in 36 years and was once president of the Valley chapter of the Southwest Football Officials Association. When he hung up the whistle, he was ranked in the highest skill/experience division that organization offers.

Boyle was always known as an expert with the rod and reel who guided innumerable outdoor expeditions and spearheaded wildlife-conservation efforts.

He also owned a chain of auto parts stores and was active in the Texas Baptist Men organization for decades. In 1969 Boyle began ministry with seasonal visitors from the north, calling them “Winter Texans,” a moniker that quickly become part of the local vocabulary.