Sign language: Texas Longhorns
July, 31, 2012
By David Ubben | ESPN.com
University of Texas Freddie Steinmark's story serves as an inspiration to those walking on Joe Jamail Field.Texas players don't have to look far for a sign about what it means to give everything for your teammates. They see it every time they walk off of Joe Jamail Field.
The Freddie Steinmark Sign stands at the entrance to the field at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium and tells Steinmark's story. He started at safety for the Longhorns in 1968 and 1969, but after the so-called "Game of the Century" against Arkansas in 1969, he felt pain in his leg from a bruise that wouldn't go away. It was a tumor in his leg, which had to be amputated less than a week later. Less than a month later, he showed up on the sidelines on crutches, but lost his battle with cancer less than two years later.
Today, he guards the entrance to the field and inspires all who see his story.