No, this is not clickbait. Just a set of Honorable mention players that did not make the cut to the top 20, but did contribute to the Football program as a whole and some even hold records. I felt that they were worth the mention, as did the rest of the staff. These are all in alphabetical order, but before that.
To understand how we selected this list, it was not 100 percent on votes. 75 percent of what the vote standing is what the player did as far as awards and records, and also how well they led their team. 25 percent is what they did after their time in Commerce. We had many players in Commerce that were fantastic college quarterbacks but never got to the pros for whatever reason, and some were very good QB’s, but got a shot in the NFL, CFL, or Arena Leagues and made a notable career in the pros or ended up starting. It is a rare thing, which counts for a lot. Either way, all will be revealed tomorrow morning.
Onto the Honorable Mentions-
Farkes was the starting Quarterback for the Lion Football program from 2009-2010. He battled his way to starting QB during the beginning of the 2009 season, leading the Lions to a 5-1 LSC mark and a North Division title in 2009. An All-LSC selection in 2009, Farkes threw for 1,953 yards and 12 TD’s during the 2009 season and left Commerce a top ten passer in career passing yards, throwing for 3,913 yards in his two year career. Farkes now coaches high school football.
Faulker Spent only one season in Commerce, but it was enough to lead the Lone Star Conference in passing yards and set the record for the most passing yards in school history, a record he would hold for 10 years. He is still in the top 5 for most yards in a season. A transfer from Valdosta State, he was amazing playing for the Blazers, having been a 47-6 record throwing for 7,100 yards in those prior 3 seasons. His transferred to TAMUC his senior year where he was Honorable Mention All-LSC. He is currently the offensive coordinator at Arkansas State University and has been a top assistant coach in the collegiate ranks.
Slechta was the starting QB for the Lions during the 86 and 87 seasons. Slechta is 9th in Career Passing yards and 7th in Single Season passing yards and notched All-LSC honors in 1987. He finished his time at rival West Texas A&M, having a fine career in Canyon also. He coached at West Texas A&M and is currently a High School Coach in North Texas.
Stooksberry Led the Lion offense during the 1963 and 1964 season. He was the first QB to start for Coach Ernest Hawkins and the last to start for JV Sikes. A two time All-LSC Selection, Stooksberry notched All-American Honors in 1963 by Williamson ratings, leading the Lions to an LSC Second place finish in 1963. After graduating from ETSU in 1965, Stooksberry then attended and graduated with a Juris Doctor (Law Degree) from South Texas College of Law in 1971. He has been practicing Law for almost 40 years and currently is a civil litigator for a Dallas area Law firm.