Year Inducted: 1978
Nominated By: Carl Valentish
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete

Rodney A. WallaceRodney A. Wallace

Before High School:
● Played football for the Bantam League "Indians" which were crowned City Champions.
● Member of the Keating Junior H.S. football team (playing center) that won the City Championship and also played basketball.

High School:
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1967.

Achievements:
High School:
● Three-sport standout, playing football, basketball and track.
● Helped the Wildcats to the 1966 State Football Championship (his H.S. football coach was Ed Lesar)
● During his senior season (1967), he was named the captain of the team and earned All-City and All-State football honors.
● All-City and All-State selection in track.

College:
Went to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM.

Achievements:
College:
● Earned three varsity letters playing offense and defense tackle (6'5" and 265 lbs) on the Lobos football team.
● Named captain and selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference team two consecutive seasons (1969-70).

Achievements:
Professional Football:
● Drafted in the tenth round (as an offensive tackle) by the Dallas Cowboys in 1970.
● In his rookie year with Dallas, they beat Miami in the Super Bowl.
● In 1974 he had an operation on his spine and decided to retire.

Occupation:
Sales and promotions with Clairol Inc. (His work brought him to Pueblo once a month which gives him the opportunity to renew friendships).

Personal:
His instilled inspiration to all high school athletes in Pueblo to excel in whatever they may choose...Rodney passed away on July 21, 2013.


GPSA "W" By The Numbers

LEGEND: p = awarded posthumously; ^= attended first meeting; * = deceased;+ = charter member (placed after year inducted)

 1

Administrator/Contributor
George Williams, Sr. (1980)

Athlete/Contributor
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)

Athlete/Coach
John Wristen (2015)

Athlete/Coach/Contrbutor
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)

Attended H.S. Outside Colorado
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)
Tama H.S., Tama, IA

Attended Pueblo Central H.S.
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)

Attended Pueblo County H.S.
Nikole Marie Whitaker (2016)

Attended Pueblo South H.S.
John Wristen (2015)

Big Game Hunter
Mahlon Thatcher White (1981)

Car Racing
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)

Contributor
Wilbur Wayne Wright (1991*)

Honorees Awarded Posthumously
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)

Rifle
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)

Swimming
Travis J. Wolther (2014)

Won a National Championship
John Wristen (2015)

Wrestling
Rick Wayne Willits (2005)

2
Attended H.S. Inside Colorado
Larry G. Wagner (2000)
Fort Morgan H.S., Fort Morgan, CO
George Williams, Sr. (1980)
Fountain H.S., Fountain, CO

Attended Pueblo East H.S.
Rick Wayne Willits (2005)
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)

Softball
Nikole Marie Whitaker (2016)
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)

Track
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)

 

3
Attended Pueblo Centennial H.S.
Travis J. Wolther (2014)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)
Mahlon Thatcher White (1981)

Coach
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)
Larry G. Wagner (2000)
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)

 

 

 

4
Athlete
Nikole Marie Whitaker (2016)
Travis J. Wolther (2014)
Rick Wayne Willits (2005)
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)

Football
John Wristen (2015)
Thomas Michael Waters (2004)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)

 

5
Honorees Deceased
Lou Henry Willschau (2018*p)
Wilbur Wayne Wright (1991*)
Bruce Ernest Watkins (1985*)
Rodney A. Wallace (1978*)
Ethel Wentworth (1974*)

 

13
Honorees in "W" Section

Remembering Our Fallen GPSA Inductees

The Greater Pueblo Sports Association (GPSA) has announced a list of honorees that have passed since the 2022 induction ceremony on Nov. 16.

 

Dennis TrujilloDennis Trujillo
11/28/2022
Class of 2007