Special recognition for SAISD’s Pittsburgh Courier All-Americans
What: Special recognition for SAISD’s very own Pittsburgh Courier All-Americans
When: Oct. 1 (Thursday), 6:45 p.m.
Where: Alamo Stadium, 110 Tuleta Drive
Three football heroes from San Antonio ISD’s rich and illustrious past will be honored for their contributions to the sport as Pittsburgh Courier All-Americans prior to the kickoff of the Brackenridge and Sam Houston high school football game.
The Pittsburgh Courier All-American Award was the highest recognition an African-American collegiate athlete could receive during the segregated mid-20th century.
Following the completion of Alamo Stadium renovations in 2014, the District began updating its Wall of Fame in the stadium entranceway. Bronze plaques of the players, all of whom were grid-iron greats at the District’s historic Phillis Wheatley High School in the 1940s and 1950s, will now join those representing our College Football Consensus All-Americans in this special place of honor.
On the night of the Sam Houston-Brackenridge football game, we will be pleased to recognize:
- Gentris Hornsby, class of 1955 from Phillis Wheatley High School, was a three-time Courier All-American offensive guard at Prairie View A&M University in 1957, 1958 and 1959.
- William Glosson, class of 1955 from Wheatley HS, was a two-time Courier All-American wide receiver at Texas Southern University at Houston in 1957 and 1958.
- Odin “Odie” Posey, class of 1947 from Wheatley HS, was a Courier All-American running back at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. in 1949.
The All-American recognition will take place on the 50-yard line, prior to the coin toss for the Brackenridge vs. Sam Houston football game. In addition to a bronze plaque in their honor to be on permanent display at Alamo Stadium, each will be presented a commemorative keepsake plaque.
About the players:
Hornsby was captain of the 1954 Wheatley Lions team that won a district championship and advanced to the Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL) state semifinals. Hornsby starred at Prairie View A&M University where he helped the Panthers win a Black National College Championship in 1958. Hornsby was drafted by the Dallas Texans and Green Bay Packers in 1959. Hornsby went on to become a teacher and coach for 26 years at San Antonio ISD before retiring in 1995.
Glosson was a star receiver for Wheatley before he went on to rewrite the record books at Texas Southern University. In 1958, Glosson set a career-best performance when he caught 22 passes for 270 total yards against Prairie View A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Glosson played professional football in Canada and was later drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. Glosson served as a coach and administrator for 31 years at Texas Southern. He was best known as an award-winning college golf coach.
Posey was one of the best running backs ever to play at Southern University. During Posey’s four years at Southern (1947-1950), the Jaguars went 46-2-2 and won three Black National College Championships. Posey was a four-year all conference running back and was the national rushing champion in 1949 with 1,399 yards. Posey’s best single game performance came against Florida A&M in 1949 when he ran for 358 total yards and three touchdowns, including 100 yards from scrimmage on the first play of the game. Posey was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1951. Posey was a retired businessman in Baton Rouge.
Glosson and Posey will be awarded posthumously. Glosson’s daughters Kisa Glosson Matthews and Cathy Glosson Allen (both from Houston) will accept the award on behalf of their father. Posey’s high school classmate Alvin Roberts of San Antonio will accept the award on his behalf.