David Grimes: The Burnett father was pretty good also

CLELL BURNETT

Most old-timers remember the trio of Burnett brothers who played football for the University of Arkansas in the 1960s.

Bobby played on the 1964 national championship team. Tommy and Bobby played together on the 1965 team that almost won another national title. Bill was a record-setting tailback who played in the “Big Shootout” against Texas in 1969. Each earned All-SWC honors as a Hog.

You have to be a real old-timer to remember their father, Clell Burnett, who was one of the earliest star athletes at Arkansas State Teachers College, now UCA. Before graduating in 1934, Clell earned 14 letters in football, basketball, baseball and track.

A halfback, he played football for legendary coach Dan Estes. Clell’s favorite sport was said to have been baseball, but his best might have been basketball. Playing forward, he was among the top scorers in the state and led the Bears in scoring in 1930-31 and again in 1932-33.

Clell served as team captain in both football and basketball. He also excelled academically and is described in the 1934 edition of the Scroll as one of the most popular students to ever attend the school. They even devoted an entire page of the yearbook to him and his accomplishments.

He went on to become a coach and led Smackover High School to the 1943 state football championship. He also coached at Brinkley, El Dorado and in Oklahoma, and won state championships in football, basketball and track and field.

Clell was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. Bill joined his father there in 1996 while Bobby was enshrined in 2000.

TONY ROMO

I’ve been a Dallas Cowboy fan for as long as I can remember. I’ve seen lots of good and sometimes great. I’ve also seen lots of not so good and even downright terrible.

I was especially happy to see Tony Romo play one series in the regular-season finale. I’ve always been a Romo fan. I know he has had some issues, but for many years he had little help on either side of the ball. I’m happy for him that he was able to throw a touchdown pass on what was likely his final play as a Cowboy.

If we see him again this season, it would probably mean that Dak Prescott got injured. I certainly hope that does not happen, but if it does, I have faith that Romo can run the Dallas offense well enough to still contend for a Super Bowl, given all the other pieces that are around him.

Another scenario where we could see Romo is where the Cowboys are so far ahead in the Super Bowl that they use him for mop-up duty in the fourth quarter. That would sure be OK too.

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