According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Coahoma graduate and former SMU standout Putt Choate was honored as part of the 2019 class of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, earlier this month during the UIL State Football Championships at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Choate was a two-way star for the Bulldogs in the mid-1970s, rushing for 3,310 career yards, while earning all-district and all-state honors at fullback as a senior. Choate played in the 1975 Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game, and went on to earn All-Southwest Conference first team honors at SMU in 1977 ‘78. He set the Mustangs’ school record with 649 career tackles. Choate later played professionally with the Atlanta Falcons and the Green Bay Packers, and the Denver Gold and San Antonio Gunslingers, both of the US Football League. He’s one of only three players in USFL history to start all 54 regular season games before the league folded in 1986.
Putt Choate is the second Choate family member to be inducted into a hall of fame. His father, 87-year old Carroll Choate, was inducted into the Heritage Museum’s Cowboy/Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2017.