Leon O'Neal

Leon O’Neal II reflects on his football days Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen as he holds a 1968 photo of himself.

When you walk down the halls of local high schools, students tell tales of football stars who made it to the NFL, such as Tommie Harris of Ellison, Darrol Ray of Killeen and Robert Griffin III of Copperas Cove.

But long before those star athletes reached their NFL dreams, two Killeen High School football stars opened doors for black players.

Monique Brand - Herald correspondent​


City Hall Reporter

Monique 'Mo' Brand joined the Herald in May 2019. Before that, she covered border coverage and county government in Arizona. She also worked as a reporter in Kerrville, Los Angeles, and Norfolk Virginia. The U.S. Navy veteran grew up in Killeen.

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Coach O'Neal! With my many moves, we lost track about a decade ago. I still think of you and the things you taught us. I hope you are well!!! Michelle Del Toro Eddy

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