On Saturday morning, Coahoma Independent School District held a small ceremony to honor Coahoma High School Graduate Putt Choate for his induction into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.
Friends, family, former teammates, and even Choate’s high school football coach Norman Roberts were all in attendance to share this special moment with him.
During the ceremony, Choate was presented with a plaque and it was also announced that an identical plaque would be placed in the trophy case with a list of his accomplishments. They also noted that his jersey #44 would also be honored and hung up at the school. In doing so, they hope to inspire future Coahoma Bulldogs to know that anything is possible.
Choate told KBest News that he was honored to have the plaque and his jersey number displayed at Coahoma. He noted that the #44 jersey had been special to him because it was one that it had been his older brother's number when he had played, and Putt also had it through junior high and high school.
Choate went on to say that he’s honored to be able to represent Coahoma in the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame and he hoped that it would set an example that you can be from a small place and make a big impact.
Choate was an all-state fullback for the Bulldogs in the 1970s, rushing for 3310 career yards. He went on to star for SMU (1975-1978) as a linebacker, and still holds several school and Southwest Conference records.
Choate played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. He also played in the USFL, and is one of only three players to have appeared in all 54 of the league's regular season games, before it folded in 1985.
Choate now lives in the Dallas area and runs his own landscaping and irrigation company. He'll be inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame on May 4, 2019 in Waco at the Baylor University's Ferrell Center at 6 PM.