Tommy Hinton

The second of the three Hinton brothers, Tommy was clearly one of the finest football players in Louisiana Tech history. He was also one of the Ruston High School's finest, making the all-state, all-Southern and all-America team in 1953 and helped carry the Bearcats to a state championship in 1951. At Tech he was second team all-conference as a freshman and then a first time selection for three straight seasons while becoming recognized as one of college football's best linemen. HE was honorable mention all-America as a sophomore and junior and then first team all-America as a senior when he was also named the Gulf States Conference Athlete of the Year. After his senior season Tommy was selected to play in the Blue-Gray game, the first Tech player ever chosen, and then departed for Canada where he put together a fabulous pro career in the Canadian Football League. Playing for the B.C. Lions, Hinton made the all-pro team five of his nine seasons. He began as the league's "Rookie of the Year" in 1958 and was his team's only player to make the all-star team that year. Playing offensive guard, Tommy retired after the 1966 season and in 1985 was selected to the B.C. Lions "All-Time Greats" squad, being named as the best offensive guard to ever play for that franchise. In 1986 he was also named to the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame. From 1966 through 1973 he was a director for the B.C. Lions team, from 1074 through 1980 he became a member of the organization's Advisory Committee and still is active for that group while residing in Vancouver, Canada.

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