Dick Hightower

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Dick Hightower
No. 51
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Born: August 3, 1930
Died: December 5, 2007 (age 77)
Ozona, Texas
Career information
Position(s) Center
College Southern Methodist University
High school Tyler High School
Career history
As player
1949–1951 SMU Mustangs
Career highlights and awards
Consensus All-American (1951)

Richard Guy "Dick" Hightower (August 3, 1930 – December 5, 2007) was an American football player. He played college football at the center position for the SMU Mustangs from 1949 to 1951. He was a consensus first-teamselection on the 1951 College Football All-America Team.[1] He also received All-Southwest Conference honors in both 1950 and 1951.[2]

Hightower was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round (43rd overall pick) of the 1952 NFL Draft,[3] but he did not appear in any regular season games in the National Football League. He was inducted into the Southern Methodist University Hall of Fame in 1982.[2]

Hightower died in 2007 at Ozona, Texas, while on a hunting trip with friends.[4]


  1. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Dick Hightower". SMUMustangs.com. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1952 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ David Smoak. "Former SMU All-American Hightower dies at 77". Smoaky.com. Retrieved August 21, 2014.