Overview: Cary Noiel is one of the best running backs in the history of Texas A&M-Commerce Lion Football. Voted by fans and former players as the 3rd best back ever, that is quite something. He is also very invested not only in the success of his Alma Mater, but has embraced the spirit of Lion fraternity. He is quick to point out his success is in part due to the immense amount of talent that was around, from the 1980 offensive line to his fullback Ted Sample, and his deep respect for Coach Ernest Hawkins. Cary has made deep friendships his one great accomplishment, but his amazing Career as a two time All LSC First team and All American First team honors has him as a top notch Lion…..for Life.
Today’s edition of Lions for Life features another Man that I have the privilege of calling a friend. When I first started this Blog, Cary Noiel was one of the first guys to reach out to me and really encouraged me in what I have been doing over the past few years. Cary is a great guy and one of the best friends a guy could have. He is a solid guy and I have nothing but great things to say about him, and that sentiment is echoed among his teammates who played with him.
Name: Cary Noiel
Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
High School: Millwood High School
Favorite team while in Commerce: “1980 ETSU Lions, National Semifinalists!”
Position: Tailback, Punt Return, Kickoff Return
Degree: Business Management Personnel
What I am Doing Now: Farmer/Rancher, Retired from Campbells Soup after ten years.
Favorite ET School Memory: “Freshman Registration meeting all of the different kinds of students from all across the country, all ethnicities, all types of people just trying to further our education. An experience I will never forget.”
Favorite Football Memory: “My two favorite are Being featured in the Dallas Morning News for approaching 1,000 rushing yards at the same time that Dallas Cowboy great Tony Dorsett was approaching 1,000 yards. A very close second…..playing Central Oklahoma State playing back where I grew up and rushing for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2 quarters, before Coach Hawkins pulled me.”
Awards/Honors: NAIA All-America First Team 1981, Lone Star Conference First Team 1980 and 1981, Offensive MVP of the 1980 NAIA National Quarterfinal Championship game, ranked 6th for most rushing TD’s in a season, 5th in yards in a single season, and 3rd overall in career yards.
Professional Experience: Seattle Seahawks (NFL) 1982, Los Angeles Express 1983 (USFL), Oklahoma Outlaws 1984 (USFL)