Pair of former Longhorns enter High School Hall of Fame

Jordan Shipley scores a touchdown as a senior in high school

WACO (KXAN) — The 2015 class of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame was inducted Saturday at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco. Among the eight-member class are are two former Longhorns in Jordan Shipley and Derrick Johnson.

“I’d like to say a dream come true, but it’s not even something I ever even dreamed about,” Shipley said. “It’s just an unbelievable honor.”

Other members of the class include NFL Hall of Famer and former Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary, Bert Coan, Junior Coffey, Jerry Ball, Jim Streety and Bob Wright.

“When you talk about the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, you talk about NFL Hall of Famers that are in here,” Johnson said. “It’s definitely a privelage and an honor to have my name associated with the Texas legends.”

Johnson stared for Waco High school from 1997-2000. His senior year, Johnson was named a Parade All-American and earned first-team All-State honors in Class 5A.

In his final two years playing for the Lions, he had 327 tackles, 10 sacks and four interceptions. After his high school career ended, Johnson became a three-year starter at Texas en route to becoming a first round draft pick of the Chiefs in 2005. In 2004, Johnson won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s best defensive player, was named the Big 12 defensive player of the year and was a unanimous All-American.

Johnson’s 458 tackles at UT are the third most in school history. He’s the leader in tackles for loss with 65 and leads all linebackers with nine interceptions.

He’s heading into his 11th NFL season, all with Kansas City.

Jordan Shipley left Burnet High School in 2003 as the state’s all-time leader in receptions with 264, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, with his yards and touchdowns totals ranking second all-time nationally. Like Johnson, he was a Parade All-American in 2004 and was twice named to the 3A All-State first team.

“The whole town just shuts down and follows the team, and it doesn’t matter if you’re playing four hours away, all the business shut down,” Shipley said. “They just pick up and caravan all the way to where you’re playing.”

He started his high school career at Rotan High School and played his final three years for the Bulldogs, where he played for the state championship his junior and senior seasons. But throughout his entire high school career, he was coached by his dad, Bob.

“I was blessed to play in a place where a lot of times our away game fans would out number the home game fans,” Shipley said. “Just looking up and seeing that support from your community, I think that’s what Texas High School Football is all about.”

Once arriving on the 40 Acres, Shipley led the Longhorns to a Big 12 title and an appearance in the 2009 championship game. He’s Texas’ all-time receptions leader, and ranks second in receiving yards and touchdowns.

After a four-year NFL career that saw him play in 24 total games, Shipley retired from football and now hosts a show on the Outdoor Channel.

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