Cody Carlson led Baylor to a 1985 Liberty Bowl victory.
April 20, 2001
Because of the last home football game being Homecoming, it was necessary to induct the Hall of Fame selectees for the year 2000 in January 2001. This was done on Jan. 6th in the Baylor "B" room.
Steve Fallon, the executive director of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame served as Master of Ceremonies. Last year's president, Dr. Jerry Marcontell, inducted and presented placques to Cody Carlson, George Berry Graves Sr. and Dutch Schroeder. The fourth member of this group was Michael Johnson, who could not be present on that date. Johnson is to be inducted early this fall, hopefully Sept. 21-22.
The Baylor Chamber of Commerce coordinates the work of the selection committee. This year, Tyler Sellers was the coordinator and Craig Cummings was his assistant.
Prior to this group there were 123 members in Hall of Fame. Selections have been made each year since 1960, when the Chamber of Commerce began the program. Each member has his picture on the Hall of Fame Wall in the "B" room.
Steve Fallon began his introductions of the new members in this manner: "For our first new member to be inducted tonight-- listen to this description of Cody Carlson in the Baylor football press guide of 1982. Freshman, Cody Carlson ( Quarterback, 6 Ft. 3 in.-185 lb.) from San Antonio Churchill. Member of Texas Football's Top 30, the Ft. Worth Star Telegram Top 100, and the Dallas Times-Herald Blue-Chip Prospect Polls."
Just how did Carlson respond in the 1982 season? He didn't. Due to a knee injury suffered in practice, he was given a year to redshirt. In 1983, he alternated with Tom Muecke either by plays or by series. Carlson led the Bears in passing efficiency as he was tops in the conference and 4th in the nation. He was selected the all-conference quarterback and was named SWC Offensive Newcomer of the Year with his 12 touchdown passes.
Carlson was hampered in 1984 with a pulled groin muscle. His playing time was limited and he had to miss entire games at times. The team suffered through a slow season but in the finale, Carlson was able to play as the Bears were roused and upset Texas. The 1985 season was outstanding, both for the team as well as for Carlson. The team was 9-3 with a conquest of LSU in the Liberty Bowl when Carlson was selected the most valuable offensive player of the game. Carlson's numbers were accelerating and he was already Baylor's touchdown-passing leader even with another season to go.
1986 was another banner year, with a 9-3 record capped by a victory over Colorado in the Bluebonnet Bowl. That win catapulted Baylor into the position of the highest ranking team from the SWC for 1986. Carlson was yet again the all-conference quarterback. Among the awards that Carlson received were the Sportsmanship Award, American Spirit Award and the Baylor Bobby Jones Award. He was also selected to play in two other bowl games- the Hula and Senior Bowls. Cody Carlson certainly lived up to the expectations of that 1982 press guide.
After playing professionally for nine years with the Houston Oilers, Carlson now lives in Austin with his wife Barbara. He is associated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.