The greatest honor Harley Sewell won in high school was second-team all-district as a fullback, but his achievements throughout the rest of his football career pushed him into the limelight. As a two-way guard on offense and defense for the University of Texas, he won All-Southwest honors twice and All-America recognition in 1952. He was named outstanding lineman of the 1953 Cotton Bowl as Texas held Tennessee to a record 32 yards total offense with minus 14 yards rushing. A No. 1 draft choice, Sewell joined the Detroit Lions and was a member of the 1953 world championship team. Although he was one of the NFL's smaller offensive lineman, Sewell blocked his way to four Pro Bowls during 10 seasons with the Lions (1953-1962) and one with the Los Angeles Rams (1963). He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.