Born near Brownwood and reared in Dallas’ wealthy Highland Park, Robert Lawrence Layne enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin in 1944 and immediately became a football sensation. As a freshman, he led the Longhorns within one point of the Southwest Conference championship. He led the team to victory in the Cotton Bowl in 1946 and made All-American quarterback in his senior year. In 1950 he joined the Detroit Lions, where, with high school friend and teammate, Doak Walker, Layne hit the big time. Detroit won NFL championships in 1952, 1953 and 1957. In 1957 Layne joined the Pittsburgh Steelers. When he retired in 1963, he held NFL records for passing attempts, completions, touchdowns, yards and interceptions. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.