Tonight, I had the honor of performing the coin flip at the Permian vs. Midland High football game at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa.
It was a special moment for me to be back on a high school football field, and brought back countless memories from 55 years ago—my senior year playing for the Permian Panthers, when my teammates and I donned our jerseys and went on to win the 1965 State Championship under the tutelage of Coach Gene Mayfield.
I cannot overstate the value of having spent a year with Coach Mayfield. The lessons he instilled in me proved to not only be useful in football, but have also carried over to dramatically impact me throughout my professional career as a CPA and as a Member of Congress.
Special thanks to Ector County ISD for the warm welcome back on the field!