Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1954

Chico Mendoza NARCIZO CHICO MENDOZA, 56, died in Oakland, CA, on June 8, 1991. He was born March 18, 1935, in Ranger, TX to Trinidad Camacho & Paschal Mendoza. He attended Ranger High School in the Class of 1954. He was All State end on the 1953 State Champion Team. Chico received a football scholarship to TCU and played on the winning team in the Cotton Bowl in 1957 when TCU defeated Syracuse 28-27. Chico became a coach later. His sister was Julia Mendoza Rodriguez (RHS-1963). Chico Mendoza played end at TCU in 1956 and 1957, earning two varsity letters. Written in the 1957 TCU media guide...#88 Chico Mendoza, 6-2, 200, Senior Hero of the 1957 Cotton Bowl game...when he blocked Jim Brown's third extra point try, eventually giving Frogs 28-27 victory over Syracuse...also made three straight stops to halt Rice's long final drive to preserve Purple victory at Houston...ranked along with best in SWC to defensive ability...started 1956 season at left end but switched when John Nikkel was injured...is fine blocker but only fair receiver ... was holdout sophomore year, so has two years eligibility remaining...one of most aggressive players on squad... earned four letters at Ranger High and was all-state selection on 2A-state championship team...likes to hunt and fish...physical education major. N. Mendoza, hero for TCU at Cotton Bowl By Melody Ryall Dateline: June 13, 1991 Fort Worth Star Telegram Narcizo "Chico" Mendoza of Oakland, California, the football player and defensive left end credited with blocking an extra point to secure Texas Christian University's win in the 1958 Cotton Bowl Classic, has died after a year long battle with cancer. Mr. Mendoza, a coach for the Berkeley, Calif. school district, died Sunday in Oakland. He was 56. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, TX. Mr. Mendoza was born in Ranger, Eastland County, and attended Ranger schools, where he made the 1953 All State football team. Mr Mendoza's football abilities garnered a four-year scholarship to TCU, and in 1958, when TCU beat Syracuse in the Cotton Bowl, 28-27, it was Mr. Mendoza who blocked the extra point that would have tied the game. Survivors: wife, Bobby Mendoza of Oakland, Calif.; daughter, Monica Garland of Fort Worth; mother, Trinidad Mendoza of Ranger, four brothers, Robert Reynosa of San Diego, Arthur Mendoza of Garland, and Paul & Rudy Mendoza of Fort Worth; three sisters, Lydia Wylie of Abilene and Wilma and Julia Rodriquez of Fort Worth; and two grand- children." I don't know whether you know it, but Jim Brown, the famous pro-player for the Cleveland Browns and subsequent infamous movie star played for Syracuse and scored all four Syracuse touchdowns and would have kicked all four extra points if Chico hadn't blocked the fourth one. Chico Mendoza Scholarship