IRVING, Texas – Derrick Dockery did not know Darrell K Royal personally, but hearing about the death of the legendary University of Texas football coach was still tough.
Dockery remembers feeling Royal's presence when the coach would visit practice.
“He’s somebody everybody looked up to and admired,” said Dockery, who started 31 games in three seasons for the Longhorns. “I know coach (Mack) Brown had a lot of respect for him and what he accomplished at the University of Texas and he always aspired to achieve the accolades that Coach Royal did in his tenure.”
Royal was 88. He had been living with Alzheimer’s and recently suffered a fall at an assisted living center. In 23 years with the Longhorns Royal had a 167-47-5 record and won three national championships, 11 Southwest Conference titles and 10 Cotton Bowl titles.
“He’s the man down there, and he’ll be truly missed,” Dockery said.