Texarkana, USA: A Small Town That Produces Champions

By Brandon Houser
January 25, 2013 8:55 am
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Texarkana is a small town on the border of Texas and Arkansas that is home to roughly 80,000 to 100,000 people. It is also surrounded by a few smaller towns where the residents even refer to Texarkana as home.

As a youngster; there is nothing to do there except for play sports or work on a farm if you are a boy. If you live on the Texas side chances are that you will play sports only, but not in Arkansas. In Arkansas you play football and work on a farm. 

Texarkana is a town that has experienced growth over the recent years but is still small enough where everybody knows everybody, and if you are good at the sport you will become a legend no matter what side of the city you grow up on.

Here are are some athletes in the NFL that have made names for themselves starting in this small unknown town.

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18 months ago
Hello??? What about Brandon Jones? Boomer Sooner! Also, I'm not quite sure where the farm thing came from in this article. As a native Texarkanan, I can honestly say that 80-90% of us have never lived or worked on a farm.
18 months ago

I grew up in Texarkana too and that is all my friends did was play football and haul hay in the summer.
18 months ago

Sorry about Brandon and I knew I was forgetting somebody.
18 months ago
What about Phillip Epps from Atlanta. Or Drew Stubbs from Atlanta (even though he is playing baseball, he was recruited to play football as well). I need to find these hay farms...
18 months ago

Let me guess both of you are from Atlanta. Why you acting brand new. Only other thing around the out skirts of Texarkana besides farms and river bottoms is Cooper Tire and Paper Mills.
18 months ago

Yes I grew up in Atlanta. To be fair if you are writing about Queen City boys, Atlanta boys should be mentioned as well. Cooper Tire is in the Texarkana city limits.
18 months ago

your right...but I don't know Phillip Epps and Stubbs doesn't play football. I only used Middlebrooks because he was the QB LaMichael played with. Everybody I used besides Billy Sims is because I know them or watched them play high school ball.
18 months ago
You left a lot out,Willie Davis,Cedric Jackson,Ike forte,bryon Williams,Dennis wood berry,mike Finn,Willie teal,and more way before my time.
18 months ago

That is way before my time too. I would have to ask my dad about those players. Thanks for reading.
18 months ago
If we are going to talk about hometown boys, lets start with Nathan Vasher, a Texas High standout and Jason Peters, hometown guy from little city of Queen City, DeCori Birmingham, little town of Atlanta. How we forget the little people or little town. Shout out to three of my favorites.
18 months ago

Vasher and Peters are both in the article...Did you even read it?
18 months ago
In addition to Phillip Epps, there was also Ernie Rhone who played with the Dolphins and what about Rod Smith if the Denver Broncos and Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers?
18 months ago

I covered Rod Smth and besides I said SOME players not ALL players from the Texarkana in my opening.
18 months ago

Sorry about that, I skipped right over Rod the first time through the article and also got the wrong Willie and forgot about a classmate in Ike Forte.
18 months ago

For some reason it seems like I remember something about Forte. Where did he go to school and graduate? I love being from Texarkana. A lot of people hate. But that is the people in Texarkana that have never left there either.
18 months ago
What about Joe Anderson? Graduated from Texas High and currently plays for the Chicago Bears?
18 months ago

Look I said SOME players from Texarkana; that does not Mean ALL.
18 months ago
If you don't like the players I covered or feel like you can do a better job; feel free to write your own article.
18 months ago
It was just a question ...didn't pay attention to the " some vs "all"..that was my mistake, however, there was no need to be rude!
18 months ago

I'm not being rude. I just told you all how I feel just like you all expressed how you feel.
18 months ago
yaaaawwwwnnn. don't quit your day jobs
18 months ago
Not sure where you got your information. Mike Cherry played for the New York Giants through January 2001 which included Superbowl 35.
16 months ago
I am from Texarkana Liberty Eylau, all we did was play football in the summer. Great article
Brandon!
16 months ago

Thank you I appreciate you. I graduated from Arkansas High in 1996.
7 months ago
Thanks for the article! It was nice to find an article that was specific to our area instead of having to read a long list of player born in Texas and Arkansas.
6 months ago
http://bucpower.com/1991draft.html-----dont forget Terry Bagsby who was ( is deceased as of a couple of months ago and is the Father of my youngest son, 18 ) drafted for Arena Football with the Buccaneers in 1991....He was a natural athlete and lived and went to school in dekalb, TX and played for etsu!!!

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