Terry Todd

The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center is showcasing a Texas football exhibit in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 1914 UT football season.

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The University’s football program is known for its long history, including the legacy of the 1914 season, when the team ended the season with both a championship and a perfect record.

To celebrate the team’s 100th anniversary, the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium opened an exhibit in September dedicated to the history of the team and its accomplishments.

Ten people who were associated with the 1914 team have been inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor, the most inductees out of any season. Seven of the inductees were players, including quarterback Clyde Littlefield. Besides making history with a perfect season, Littlefield made a breakthrough in the game of football as well.

“1914 was the year the ‘forward pass’ was invented,” center co-director Terry Todd said. 

According to Todd, Littlefield invented the forward pass and made four touchdown passes in one game. His passing record was not matched until 1977 when Randy McEachern threw four touchdown passes against Texas A&M. 

“People soon began to understand the possibilities of the forward pass,” Todd said. “And now it dominates the game today.” 

Littlefield was also a part of the basketball and track team at the time, lettering in all three sports. Additionally, he coached the football team for 43 years, as well as co-founded the Texas Relays event. 

“One of the things that interested us about the team was how well-rounded all of the players were,” center co-director Jan Todd said. 

According to Jan Todd, most of the players were affiliated with an array of campus organizations, including fraternities, student government and honor societies. All players participated in at least one other sport as well.

“One of the most interesting things to me was the fact that only one of the players was a little over 200 lbs,” exhibit designer Drew Patterson said. 

A chart in the exhibit features a comparison of the 1914 Longhorns and the 2005 national championship-winning team average weight. The 1914 team averaged 174 pounds. In 2005, the team averaged 245 pounds.

Henry Reeves, the team’s African-American trainer, is among the 10 inductees from the 1914 team.

“Henry Reeves should be regarded as the first real athlete trainer at the University of Texas,” Jan Todd said. “He wasn’t just the water guy. … And I did say water ‘guy,’ not water ‘boy.’”

Reeves served the football team from 1895 until 1915, when he suffered a stroke in the middle of their game against Texas A&M. He later died but was not inducted into the Hall of Honor until 2000.

This weekend marked the opening of an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 national championship football team, the first national championship won by Coach Darrell K Royal.

The exhibit, hosted by the H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, focuses on the 1963 football season and the life and career of the man after whom UT’s football stadium is named. In his time as coach, Royal led the team to three national championships and never had a losing season.

Terry Todd, director of the Stark Center and co-host of the exhibit, said he was inspired to create the exhibit after Royal’s death in November of 2012. Todd said he and Royal have a long history together.

“I started here in 1956, and he came here in the fall of 1956. We kinda grew up together here,” Todd said. “I came back in 1983 … and went to talk to him about … a place where materials related to athletes [and] former athletes could be kept and be saved.”

The exhibit, which features letters, pictures and other mementos from Royal’s life, relied heavily on contributions from Edith Royal, Darrell’s wife. The opening event featured “DKR: The Royal Scrapbook,” compiled by Edith Royal and Jenna Hays McEachren, a close family friend of the Royals. McEachren said the scrapbook focused on more than Royal’s life inside the stadium.

“This is not just a book about Coach Royal’s football success,” McEachern said. “It’s about his life with Edith and his family, and of course his unparalleled football success. I wanted people to know the man this stadium was named after.” 

McEachren said she believes the exhibit effectively captured Royal’s spirit, and said she especially loves the “Wall of Royalisms” containing the coach’s famous one-liners. 

“You never lose a game if the opponent doesn’t score,” the wall reads.

Mack Royal, Coach Darrell Royal’s son, and his wife April Royal, were also both at the opening of the exhibit. Mack Royal contributed to the scrapbook by scanning photos of his family and some of those photos were also included in the exhibit. 

“He was always cheerful. He would get us up in the morning and say, ‘It’s a great day in the morning!’” Mack Royal said. “There’s a picture of my dad sitting at his desk [at UT] entitled 33, No Secretary, Broken Desk, and Loves His Job.’”

Todd said the most gratifying moment of his work on the exhibit was seeing the reactions of the members of the team of 1963 when they came to sign the 1963 national champion banner two weeks prior to the exhibit’s opening.

“That was very gratifying to see them, the ones there, and if they felt that the things we put up represented them well and that they represented the coach they admired so much to their satisfaction, that was all the thanks I needed,” Todd said. 

Terry and Jan Todd, both former competitive weightlifters, are the founders of the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, a 27,500 square foot museum and the largest repository for artifacts of physical culture in the world, at the Darrel K. Royal Stadium.
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Terry and Jan Todd are no strangers to attention. Terry Todd, a former English student, doctoral candidate and lecturer at UT, was the first man to officially perform a 700-pound squat.

Sports Illustrated and the Guinness Book of World Records once declared Jan Todd the “Strongest Woman in the World.”

Terry Todd, born in Beaumont, Texas in 1938, attended the University of Texas in 1956 and competed for the UT tennis team. However, his interest in weightlifting conflicted with his desire to play tennis. Athletic coaches at the time believed weightlifting had a negative impact on athletic performance.

“But since I had experienced myself what the weights could do for me, athletically, physically, then it didn’t matter who said it was not good for you,” Terry Todd said.

Terry Todd began to lift competitively while he played for the tennis team, using assumed names in contests to mask his activity from his coach. However, his coach caught on and Terry Todd gave up his tennis scholarship, moving back in with his family so he could continue his pursuit of competitive weightlifting.

Terry Todd went on to win the first two official senior national weightlifting competitions in 1964 and 1965, and in 1966 earned a doctorate with a self-made curriculum from UT.

In 1967, he retired from competitive weightlifting.

“I was getting ready to become a professor and decided that I’d fulfilled my curiosity about becoming big and strong,” Terry Todd said.

Terry Todd went from about 340 pounds, his peak weight, to 250 pounds, where he stands today. He began teaching at Auburn University and later moved to Mercer University, where he met Jan Todd.

Jan Todd caught his eye when she beat many of his companions at a spontaneous game of log tossing. They were married in 1973 during Jan Todd’s senior year at Mercer University.

Jan Todd began tagging along with Terry Todd to his workouts.

“This is what Terry did for recreation, and I just wanted to understand it a bit,” Jan Todd said.

Jan Todd said she found light workout routines designed for her to be boring, but later found she was able to deadlift 225 pounds. She became inspired to ask Terry Todd whether he thought she could compete in weightlifting.

“For me the transition was from doing light sets of ten to going and seeing ‘Can I do more,’” she said.

Jan Todd, with Terry Todd’s guidance, went on to set more than 60 strength records, competing in men’s competitions because of a lack of women’s strength contests.

“I grew up in the generation before Title IX,” Jan Todd said. “People were generally surprised that I could put a sentence together.”

Jan Todd later earned a doctorate from the University of Texas in American studies, and continues to lecture at UT today.

Jan and Terry Todd founded the Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, a 27,500 square-foot museum and the largest repository for artifacts of physical culture in the world, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in 2009.

Jan and Terry Todd, now 60 and 74 respectively, say the Stark Center occupies most of their time but they enjoy the challenge. Terry Todd said he was happy it could be located in Austin, where he felt he belonged.

“This was the place where clearly it means home,” Terry Todd said. “It’s our ancestral home.”

Printed on Friday, November 30, 2012 as: Retired weightlifters Jan and Terry Todd now teach at UT, consider Austin their home

Co-founder of Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports Dr. Terry Todd and his wife, Dr. Jan Todd (not pictured), discussed the realities of strength in humans compared to strength of superheroes at the SAC Wednesday evening. Both he and his wife were former champion powerlifters and are considered pioneers to the field of physical fitness.

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Wife and husband Jan and Terry Todd said the appearance and feats of superheroes and other creations of the entertainment industry closely track developments in strength competitions in a presentation sponsored by the UT library system Wednesday.

The presentation, part of a twice-a-semester series entitled Science Study Break was the first for the couple, who competed and broke records in the weight training world in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The presentation featured clips from movies including “The Avengers,” “Spider-Man,” “Hulk” and pictures from comics over the years.

Jan Todd, who was once declared the “Strongest Woman in the World” by Sports Illustrated and the Guinness Book of World Records, said heroes have evolved over the years to keep up with developments in the weight training world. While Superman looked like a normal but athletic man in the early 1950s, she said he ballooned in size as athletes began using the first anabolic steroids.

“Our concept of what a superhero looks like has totally changed,” Terry Todd said. “Our notion of what a superhero looks like is really based on what the top male bodybuilders look like.”

Terry Todd, who won the first two official senior national weightlifting competitions in 1964 and 1965, focused on the way superheroes are presented.

“[Producers] want superheroes not to just do super things but to look super heroic,” he said.

He cited examples such as Batman, whose armor outlines his pectoral and abdominal muscles.

“You can understand why somebody who doesn’t have Superman’s abilities would want something that would stop a bullet,” Terry said. “However, the armor has very delineated muscles ... why? That’s not needed.”

He also focused on Spider-Man, whose physique is prominently featured in movies, but is irrelevant to his abilities.

“Surely he doesn’t have the kind of musculature or physiognomy that would allow him to do the things he can now do,” Terry said.

Terry speculated that this is part of our desire to see a transformation in appearance in ourselves.

“They did it for the same reason they put the abs on Batman. It’s part of the magic,” Terry said. “It’s ‘wait, I can have muscles and I won’t be the little wimpy guy anymore.’”