Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Austin High Football Celebration

*Note - Gov. Perry frequently departs from prepared remarks.
Monday, November 26, 2001  •  Speech

Good morning Austin High!  I want to join with the First Lady, Anita Perry, in saying how proud we are to be with you today, and part of the Maroon family. 

And I have to say, as a Texas Aggie it is good to see so many maroon-wearing Austinites.

I am honored to be in the presence of the Austin High Community, and to see faces, young and old, who love this great school.

Maroon Football has been a proud tradition for 100 years.  In victory and defeat, the young men who have suited up and hit the gridiron for Austin High have always been a determined bunch that have brought great credit to this great school.

And we know, Coach Moss, that your 2001 team will be no different as they kickoff their season tonight.

There’s one long-standing tradition that has been a part of the Austin High legacy even longer than Maroon Football, something that each one of you can be proud of, and that every student can participate in.  I am speaking about the tradition of academic excellence.

Not everyone will get the chance to rush on that field tonight, but every one of the young men and women in this audience this morning has the opportunity to excel in the classroom, and to secure a brighter future built on the foundation of educational excellence.

The message today is not only play hard, but study hard.  Texas needs more strong minds to lead us long into the 21st Century.

Congratulations on 100 years of Maroon Football.  To help commemorate this milestone, I want to ask Coach Moss and Principal Spelman to come forward so I can present you a framed letter of congratulations.

“Give’em heck at House Park tonight!”

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