“We won most of our games over a stretch of our time there, with several very talented guys who went on to play football at major universities.”
Rector remembers getting the opportunity to play in the All-State game — well, he remembers the first half, anyway.
“It was played at Taft Stadium,” he said. “I got knocked out right before halftime. I woke up laying underneath the goal posts, but I don't remember anything about the rest of that game.”
Rector tried coaching for a few years after college.
“I got fired a couple times and decided I wasn't a coach,” he said.
He found his career in the real estate business, and worked in it until he retired. Now 75, he lives in Oklahoma City. So does Treadway, who coached at Iowa and Oklahoma State before taking a job in banking, and the two try to stay in touch.
As he enjoys the latter years of life after a successful career in and out of football, Rector hasn't forgotten Young's influence.
“I was very fortunate to be put in that place in the 1950s when Paul Young came along in my life,” he said. “It was a really rough time, but he stuck with me. I can thank him for a whole lot of things.”