Alice Coyote great Chris Brazzell is the sole inductee in the 2019 class of the Alice Coyote Athletic Hall of Honor.
Brazzell is being inducted at halftime of Friday’s football game between the Alice Coyotes and Floresville Tigers. His induction enshrines him with some of the greatest athletes to come through the Alice athletic program.
For a time, Brazzell was considered one of the fastest men in the National Football League, but before his professional football career, that rare combination of world-class sprinting speed, height and extraordinary athleticism made him one of the greatest and most electrifying athletes to ever wear an Alice Coyote uniform.
In the time before the evolution of the pass-oriented spread offense in high school football, Brazzell made a name for himself by setting a national high school record for most receiving yards in a single season with 78 receptions for 1,971 yards in the 1993 season. With head coach Van Tom Whatley making the calls, Brazzell gave opposing defenses nightmares. Plus, aside from catching passes, he filled in at quarterback occasionally and even ran the ball. Brazzell’s abilities also inspired a trick-play in which he burned defenses on a reverse. It was called, “Brazzell Dazzell.”
Brazzell’s breakout season in the fall of 1993 helped carry the Coyotes to the Class 5A, Region IV championship that year.
As a senior, Brazzell was also a standout in basketball and track and field. He led Class 5A in the triple jump for part of the 1994 season.
Brazzell played the final two seasons (1996 and 1997) of his collegiate career with the Angelo State University Rams after playing the previous two years for the nationally-ranked Blinn College Buccaneers. Despite playing only two seasons at Angelo State, he finished ninth on the Rams’ all-time receiving list with 1,565 yards. He was a two-time All-Lone Star Conference selection. As a senior, he earned second team All-American and first team All-Lone Star Conference honors.
The New York Jets selected Brazzell in the sixth round (174th overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft. He attended the Jets training camp and was released on Aug. 30. He was subsequently signed by the Jets to their practice roster where he remained for all of the regular season and playoffs. Brazzell began the 1999 season with the New York Jets but was claimed off waivers by the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 6. He made his NFL debut on special teams in the Cowboys’ 41-35 season-opening victory over the Washington Redskins. He recorded his first NFL reception in a 20-10 Dallas victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, a 12-yard grab from QB Troy Aikman. He followed that up the next week with a season-high 62 yards on two receptions. He earned his first NFL start in the Cowboys’ 27-10 Wildcard loss to the Minnesota Vikings. In the 2000 season, Brazzell dressed for nine games for the Dallas Cowboys. He caught only two passes for 12 yards but saw plenty of special teams action, finishing in a tie for seventh place with 10 special teams tackles. On two occasions he led the team in special teams tackles. He missed Dallas’ final two regular season games due to a shoulder injury. Brazzell attended the Cowboys training camp in 2001, but was released on Aug. 28. He saw limited action in the pre-season with Dallas, hauling in five receptions for 99 yards and one TD.
Brazzell joined the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos’ practice roster in 2001 and went on to play in the league for six seasons