Darrell Lester was one of the great multi-talented athletes in Southwest Conference history. At Texas Christian University, he won nine letters in three sports as center on the football and basketball teams and as a pitcher for the baseball team. He captained the 1935 football team to a 12-1 record and a victory over LSU in the 1936 Sugar Bowl. Lester was the first two-time All-American selection in Southwest Conference history (1934, 1935) and in 1935 became the first player in TCU history to be named consensus All-American. After graduation, he played professionally with the Green Bay Packers for two years before a shoulder injury forced his retirement. Lester was later involved in the founding of the Bluebonnet Bowl and was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.