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Joe Washington's presidential courting

Originally Published: January 31, 2012
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The persuasive power of President Lyndon B. Johnson is the stuff of Washington legend. Selling ice to Eskimos is nothing. As Senate majority leader and again as president, LBJ sold civil rights legislation to a Senate controlled by Southern segregationists.

But 40 years ago, in the winter of Johnson's life, when he had returned to his beloved Texas, he couldn't sell the Longhorns to one of the top recruits in the state. The running back went to Texas' archrival and fulfilled the ...

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