Sylvia Brydson and Artie Shankle give each other a “high five” after both were introduced at Silsbee High School - Photo by Daniel Elizondo
Silsbee Wall of Honor welcomes two new recipients that were honored on Friday, and inducted with the many star athletes of Silsbee.
Former football star Artie Shankle and track star Sylvia Brydson were greeted by family, friends and former educators at Silsbee High School for the honor.
Brydson becomes the first female athlete to be inducted into the Silsbee Wall of Honor.
“This is a great, great, great day for me,” Brydson said. “It’s truly wonderful to be honored in this way, especially alongside another great athlete from Silsbee.”
Shankle was a 1976 graduate of Silsbee High School and later played for the San Diego Chargers in the NFL before ending his career with the Calgary Stampeeders of the CFL.
Brydson was most notable as one of Silsbee’s best sprinters where she won state in the 400-meter dash in the 80s.
She eventually accepted a track scholarship to LSU where she later became a 13-time NCAA All-American. She also tied for 10th in team history for All-American honors in a career.
“We have such great people here in Silsbee, Texas,” Shankle said. “I am honored to be in a group of fantastic athletes.”
Shankle was an all-around athlete lettering in four sports during his high school career.
He lettered four years in each football and basketball, and also lettered three years in baseball.
Shankle garnered all-district honors in football, basketball and baseball before joining the track team his senior year.
He later accepted a football scholarship to McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, where he became the top running back during his tenure in 1976-79.
Brydson and Shankle were presented with plaques on Friday alongside family and friends at halftime of the Silsbee Tigers’ win over Bridge City.
Brydson was presented by her longtime mentor Jimmy Norwood and Shankle was presented by his former coach Charles Powell.
A reception was held on Friday afternoon for the two, joined with their respective family and friends at Silsbee High School.