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Sep 12, 2013 – Gary Steele still has every team picture from Army’s 1966, 1967 and 1968 football seasons. Steele stands out in the photos, not because of his 

2013 Army Sports Hall of Fame

Class of 1970
Football/Track and Field

Gary Steele starred in both football and track and field while at the Academy.

On the gridiron, Steele ranked as Army’s first African American to earn a varsity letter in the sport of football at West Point and garnered three in all. A second team Newspaper Enterprise Association All-American as a tight end, Steele was a 17th round draft choice of the National Football League’s Detroit Lions. Steele hauled in 25 passes for 346 yards and two scores during his first season at Army in 1966 and then registered 14 receptions for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns the next year. His best season statistically was 1968 when he posted 27 catches for 496 yards and three touchdowns. During that year, he registered eight receptions for 156 yards against Penn State, shattering the single-game record previously held by the legendary “Lonely End,” Bill Carpenter.

Steele closed his career with 66 receptions for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns. He helped Army to a pair of football victories over arch-rival Navy.

Steele also earned four varsity letters in track and field, two indoors and two outdoors. He established the Academy record in the high jump with a leap of 6-feet, 9-inches opposite Navy, a mark broken later that season.

 

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Coach – Thomas B. Cahill (October 11, 1919 – October 29, 1992)
Army 1966-1973:

1966 Army 8-2 Coach of the Year
1967 Army 8-2
1968 Army 7-3
1969 Army 4-5-1
1970 Army 1-9-1
1971 Army 6-4
1972 Army 6-4
1973 Army 0-10
Overall Army: 40-39-2
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The Lightweights also contributed to the success of the “Big” Team…two 66 stars – Jim Greenlee and Van Evans –  were called up by second-year Head Coach Tom Cahill and made timely contributions in the highly successful 8-2 season.  Van Evans, also an indoor/outdoor track sprint star, scored three touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving, 1 punt return) and is still (as of 2013 Press Guide) Army’s 4th all-time leader in season punt returns, season punt return yards, and 7th in season punt return average (min 20 returns), 19th (min 10 returns).  Two touchdowns came in Army’s win over Virginia.  However, his punt return against Stanford was even more notable, as described in the on April 29, 1968 Sports Illustrated article – ‘On, Brave Old Army Team’ :

“Early last season in a game with Stanford, Army punted from its 36-yard line though trailing 20-17 with less than five minutes to play. For the first time since he took the job, Cahill got booed. Really booed, by 31,500 people crammed into Michie Stadium. “That was some voice,” he said. “Whew!” But shortly after the punt, Army’s 150-pound halfback, Van Evans, ran back a Stanford kick into scoring position, and Army pulled the game out. A cheerleader with tears in his eyes came up and apologized to Cahill, for himself and the corps, for ever doubting….”

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