Nov. 24, 2013
FRISCO, Texas -
Former Lamar Cardinal linebacker (1983-85) Eugene Seale has been named to the Southland Conference's 50th Anniversary All-Time Football Team announced league officials Saturday evening. Seale received second-team honors.
The team was announced during the Southland's Game of the Week on the Southland Television Network during the final week of the regular season. The naming of the team was part of the year-long 50th Anniversary celebration by the conference.
A blue-ribbon panel of approximately 50 individuals with coaching, administrative and media expertise in the Southland Conference led the balloting process, and hundreds of fans were also involved in a portion of the voting through the league's Facebook page. The overall balloting included an illustrious group of more than 200 outstanding former and current student-athletes and 15 legendary coaches that have patrolled Southland sidelines.
"We're very proud of the Southland Conference's legacy as one of the nation's finest college football leagues during the past half century," said Southland Commissioner Tom Burnett. "The quality of the overall list of nominated student-athletes and coaches throughout our five decades was spectacular by itself, and the final selections truly show the superior quality and competitive success we've been very proud of for a long time."
A three-time All-Southland Conference selection, Seale was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 1983. He closed out the season by earning AP All-America honors. He is one of five All-Americans in school history, and one of only two Southland Defensive Player of the Year selections at Lamar (Vernon McManus).
Following his collegiate career, Seale was a 1987 free agent pickup by the Houston Oilers. He went on to play six seasons in the NFL with the Oilers. He wrapped up his career with two sacks, two interceptions which he returned for 119 yards, including one for a touchdown.