Jimmy Lawrence

Inducted: 1989

Best Known For: Football

Hometown: Harlingen, TX

HS: Harlingen High School

College: Texas Christian University

Professional Team: Chicago Cardinals, Green Bay Packers


Jimmy Lawrence was a speedy back who starred for Harlingen and then TCU in college, with enough talent to play four NFL seasons in late 1930s.

The greatest in a long line of Lawrences at Harlingen, Jimmy led Dutch Rektorik’s Cards to the playoffs three times and was also one of the Valley’s finest basketball players.

The 5-11, 190-pounder made All-SWC three times for the Horned Frogs under Coach Dutch Meyer, playing alongside legendary Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh. TCU won a national title in 1935.

The Card ex was the first SWC player selected in the inaugural NFL draft in 1936 and went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals and Green Bay Packers. Traded from the Cards to the Packers in 1939, he was a member of the NFL champ Packers that year.

Afterward, Lawrence returned to the Valley and became one of the area’s leading football officials.