Doyle Brunson Joins An Athletic Hall Of Fame
Doyle Brunson hardly needs an introduction, as he is one of the biggest poker legends out there. It seems his skills are not limited to that, though, as he became a member of the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame in Texas. The 83-year-old was honored for his basketball achievements at the end of April.
Texas Dolly was one of the best players in his high school at Sweetwater. He even was named All-State in the sport back in the day. Another noteworthy achievement was his victory in the mile race at the Texas Track Meet in 1950.
Brunson’s success didn’t end there. He averaged 15.3 points in his junior year in college and became the Border Conference MVP. There was even interest by NBA teams such as the Minneapolis Lakers (champions at the time) and suggestions that Doyle would be easily drafted in the summer. The man was destined to become part of the biggest basketball league in the world.
Fate Takes Over
Like many other talented youngsters, Doyle Brunson suffered a career-ending injury when he was on the brink of a big breakthrough. He broke his leg in two places while working and has troubles with it up to this day. This put an end to the hot NBA prospect, but opened the door for something bigger. Considering the way things worked out, Brunson is hardly ruing the missed opportunity.
His career in poker includes two WSOP Main Event titles, numerous other wins and tens of millions of dollars in prize pools. Doyle’s longevity allowed him to catch the internet boom and he cemented a status of one of poker’s living legends with his book “Super System”. He’s been a member of the Poker Hall of Fame since 1988 and also a member of the Hardin-Simmons University Athletic Hall of Fame since 2009.