In light of Darrell K. Royal's passing Wednesday, there is no better time to celebrate this true Texas legend and the two characteristics for which he is most known: winning and his unmistakeable "Royalisms."
Royal passed away Wednesday at the age of 88 after spending years battling Alzheimer's disease. But before doing so, Royal established himself as one of the truly great men to ever participate in college football in any capacity. He was well-liked, well-respected and he was a winner in the truest sense of the word.
In his 20 years as the head football coach at the University of Texas, Royal never had a single losing season en route to the program's first three national championships. Retiring in 1976, Royal not only went out as the program's all-time winningest coach with a record of 184-60-5, but he established Texas as the national power that it still is to this very day.
So as we all gather at the stadium named in Royal's honor or around the television to watch the Longhorns line up in Royal's famous Wishbone formation, take a moment to appreciate everything this man gave to this program. Chances are that we will never bear witness to another man that will have the impact Royal had on our Longhorns.
So without further ado, here are both the five greatest wins from Royal's illustrious career and the five greatest quotes, or Royalisms, that he ever churned out. It is very difficult to narrow each of these down to just five, so please feel free to leave a comment with your favorite Royal win, quote, moment or whatever else you feel like sharing about the greatest coach this university has ever seen.