Pat Hinton

Oldest of the unique Hinton brothers, Pat set quite a high standard of excellence for his brothers to follow and they lived up to his all-star credentials in fine form. Pat's first climb to the headlines came at Ruston High School where he and brother Tommy helped the Bearcats win the 1951 state championship. After making all-state there, Pat went on to Tech and produced a star-studded career in the college ranks. He was first team all-Gulf States Conference selection as a junior and senior and was a Williamson first team all-America pick as a senior in 1956, establishing a precedent that both Tommy and Joe would later follow. Largely because of his contributions, Tech never has a losing season while Pat was with the Bulldogs and they won conference championships in 1953 and 1955. Tech went 25-10-2 during his career under Coach Joe Aillet and Pat was a team captain his senior season on 1956. Although drafted by the Green Bay Packers, Pat who was a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, chose, instead to enter the field of business and became the administrator for Springhill General Hospital in 1958, staying in post for 12 years. He then took the same post at Humana Hospital in Springhill and it was there he received numerous Outstanding Achievement Awards in his profession.

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