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Derrick Johnson, Jordan Shipley Head to Texas High School Football Hall of Fame

Derrick Johnson, Jordan Shipley Head to Texas High School Football Hall of Fame 1

(via TexasSports.com)

WACO, Texas – Two of the most productive players in Longhorn history are being inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame.

Linebacker Derrick Johnson (Waco High School) and wide receiver Jordan Shipley (Burnet High School) are among six inductees in the 2015 class, which is being honored Saturday evening at a banquet in Waco, Texas.

Each class has an inductee of the decade. Johnson is the representative from the 1990's and Shipley from the 2000's. The remaining inductees include:

• 1950's and before Bert Coan – Pasadena High School
• 1960's Junior Coffey – Dimmitt High School
• 1970's Mike Singletary – Houston Worthing High School
• 1980's Jerry Ball – Beaumont West Brook High School

Johnson played at Texas from 2001 through 2004 and was one of the most decorated defenders in school history. He earned the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player and the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) as a senior. The Waco, Texas, native was also a finalist for the Bednarik Award (nation's top defensive player), the Lombardi Award (nation's top lineman) and the Lott Trophy (defensive player of the year) in 2004.

Johnson, who is heading into his 11th season with the Kansas City Chiefs, ranks third in school history in tackles (458), first in tackles for loss (65) and first in interceptions among linebackers (9). He set the UT single-season record for forced fumbles with nine in 2004 when he was a unanimous first-team All-American.

Derrick Johnson, Jordan Shipley Head to Texas High School Football Hall of FameA two-time All-American who played at Texas from 2006 to 2009, Shipley was a threat to score whenever he touched the ball. The native of Burnet, Texas, is the Longhorns' all-time leader in receptions (248) and ranks second in receiving yards (3,191) and touchdowns (33). He was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award (nation's top wide receiver) and a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (nation's top player) in 2009.

Shipley holds the school record for most career touchdowns on punt (3) and kickoff (1) returns with four. He played four seasons in the NFL with Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Jacksonville.

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