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Iowa State Football Coach Paul Rhoads calls Darrell Royal a true legend. The Hall of Fame former Texas Football Coach died this week and will be remembered when the Cyclones visit the Longhorns Saturday.


Current Texas Coach Mack Brown has said Texas will run their first offensive play from the “wishbone” formation Royal made famous. Rhoads says, short of a win, there’s no better way to honor him.


“Whether you put his initials on your helmet or have a word of silence or come out and pay tribute to the man with one of the things he brought to football, I think it’s very fitting,” said Rhoads.


Rhoads says some of Royal’s “wishbone” concepts are still influencing modern spread offenses.


“The inverted bone that teams are playing with a shotgun really has the same principle to the wishbone now,” said Rhoads. “If that full back lines up two yards behind the quarterback and it’s under center it’s going to happen a lot faster than the other stuff does.”


Royal passed away Tuesday at the age of 88 of complications from cardiovascular disease. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. Royal won two national championships with the Longhorns.


Iowa Radio Network