Sept. 18, 2013
FRISCO, Texas -
Shining a light on the rich tradition of the Lamar football program, the Southland Conference released its 1970s All-Decade Team Wednesday which included six former Cardinals - Leon Babineaux (DL - 1973-74), Joe Bowser (SE - 1972-73), Rondy Colbert (DB - 1972-74), Gary Crockett (DL - 1969-71), Donnie Davis (DL - 1974 & 1976) and Victor Enard (OL - 1977-79).
Lamar's six selections are in addition a Southland-best 10 players named to the conference 1960s All-Decade Team.
The all-decade teams come as part of the Southland's year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary. The All-Decade teams include stars from its member institutions from 1970 through 1979.
"One can certainly look at the 1970s as a golden era of Southland Conference football," said SLC Commissioner Tom Burnett. "It's definitely difficult to find a more concentrated period of individual and team success for the conference when you look at the national championships won by the Southland during this stretch, the startup of the Independence Bowl, and the great number of professional players produced by the league."
Colbert was a three-time All-Southland selection who continued his playing career at the next level, spending three seasons in the NFL. He was a 17th-round draft choice of the New York Giants, and also played for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Also a three-time All-SLC selection, Crockett wrapped up his career at the beginning of the decade and was a 14th-round selection of the Houston Oilers in 1972.
Babineaux was a two-year letterwinner who earned all-conference honors both seasons as a member of the Cardinals defensive line. Bowser was an All-Southland selection following the 1972 season. Bowser closed out his career as a two-time all-conference selection.
Davis helped the Cardinals to an 8-2 (.800) record during the 1974 season. A two-time All-Southland selection, Davis concluded his career in 1976 after having sat out the 1975 campaign.
Enard was the last Lamar player of the decade to be named to the team, earning letters during the 1977, '78 and '79 seasons. Like Crockett, Enard was also a three-time all-conference selection. Enard graduated as one of the school's all-time best offensive lineman.