Canon-McMillan High School
Texas Christian University
Athlete of Distinction – Football
Darrell Patterson was an outstanding two sport athlete at Canon-McMillan
excelling in both football and wrestling. He was team captain and MVP of
the Big Mac football team in 1979 as an All-Western Conference running
back. Darrell was also named
Second Team WPIAL.
As a wrestler in the storied Big Mac program, Patterson was a Western
Conference Champion in 1978 and 1979, a Section Champion in 1977 and
1979, and a WPIAL Champion and PIAA Runner-Up in 1979.
As a member of the Texas Christian University football team, Darrell
left his mark.
His honors include:
• Defensive Newcomer and Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year in
• Team captain and All-SWC from 1980 to 1982
By the end of his career at TCU, Darrell was the all-time leader with
286 unassisted tackles, and 258 assisted tackles.
Patterson was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth rough of the
1983 NFL draft, but opted to play in the Canadian Football League. He
won a Grey Cup Championship with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1984,
serving as captain from 1985-1988 and winning Defensive MVP honors in
As a member of the Hamilton Tiger Cats in 1989 and 1990, Darrell was the
team captain and set a record for tackles in a single game. In 1989, the
Tiger Cats were the Grey Cup runner-up.
After his playing career, Darrell Patterson began his professional and
college coaching career, which continues today. Since 2006, he has been
at Rice University with stops in Akron, Temple, Kentucky, Arkansas
State, Baylor, SMU, and the Canadian Football League.