Former HU Football Coach John Levra Is All Smiles...

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His alma mater, Pittsburg State Gorilla Football team, Pittsburg, Kansas won the NCAA Division II National Championship  last December 17 over Wayne State (MI), 35-21, in Florence, AL.

The football legend has been retired since 2002 as defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills, and more than 44 years coaching, including a 35-4-1 at NMHU from 1967-70, the best coaching record in school history.

During his final year (1970) as head coach, two tackles, David Graham, was picked in the 9th round by the Los Angeles Rams, and 12th round pick Greg Roero, with the Boston (New England) Patriots.

During Coach Levra's tenure he had seven NFL picks, including Carl Garrett (8th Round Pick, 1969, Boston (New England) Patriots; and Don Woods (HU transfer to UNM) when the 'Pokes dropped football in 1973.

Both Garrett and Woods were AFC Rookies-of-the-Year and played at the same High School, Denton, TX. When Garrett was drafted, he predicted from a quote by the HU Ass't Sports Information Director he would beat out O.J. Simpson as AFC Rookie-of-the-Year, and did!

There's a lot of storied history in HU football...including Lionel Taylor (Pittsburgh Steelers), and the late Charles "Humps" Cowan (Los Angeles Rams), coached by Don Gibson, from West Virginia.