By Hannah Altheide | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas - An All-American and first team All-Southland Conference selection, UT Arlington defensive back Mike Stamps puts his induction into the UTA Hall of Honor at the top of the list in terms of memorable accomplishments in his career.
"It's a tremendous honor," Stamps said. "When you play defense the only way people know who you are is if you get beat or let someone score. To be in the company of such great athletes is probably one of the biggest highlights of my life."
Stamps spent four years playing for UTA football and helped his team win the college divisional National Championship in 1967 when they beat North Dakota State 13-0 in the Pecan Bowl.
Throughout his years at UTA, Stamps showed himself to be a premier player being honored as first team All-SLC in 1968 along with AP honorable mention All-American. In 1968 Stamps was awarded the esteemed UTA "Ex-Letterman's Award" which was voted on by former UTA players as the senior athlete for outstanding contribution to football.
After UTA, Stamps went on to work in the business world with a company based out of Wichita, Kansas. He accredits his career success to his business law professor Mr. Cook.
"Football got me my job," Stamps said. "If it wasn't for UTA football I never would have had the chance to meet Mr. Cook, who eventually put me in contact with a great company."
Thanks to a UTA Football reunion about eight years ago, Stamps was able to reconnect with some of his old teammates and reminisce about the days of UTA football.
"Playing at Arlington was a big honor. My folks had no money so a full scholarship was very important to me," Stamps said. "We were a bunch of tough guys that played together so we formed a unique bond. Before the reunion I hadn't seen any of them in about 40 years, but when we all got together it was like someone just turned back the clock which was tremendous."
Even though Stamps was no longer playing the game of football he was able to enjoy watching his son take on the challenge when he played linebacker for the University of Oklahoma.
"I was real fortunate to have the opportunity to watch my son play football," Stamps said. "He was a lineman so he was a lot bigger than dad. But I had the chance to live through him a second time which was cool."