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Hall of fame fast fact:

"Windy played football in college, but he excelled in baseball, basketball, and everything he's ever done," said friend Thad Ansley in 2000. "I think he is one of the most outstanding men ever produced in the Panhandle."

W.W. "Windy" Nicklaus

W.W. “Windy’’ Nicklaus’ life was a series of firsts: captain of the first Amarillo High football team in 1922, captain of the first Texas Tech football team in 1925, and the first principal at Palo Duro High School in 1955.

5-foot-5, 180-pound fullback and linebacker, Nicklaus was named captain of the team as AHS reached the state quarterfinals in 1922 and 1923. While playing at Texas Tech, Nicklaus received the Amon G. Carter Award as the athlete with the highest classroom grades.

Nicklaus began an extended career as a coach in 1928. He coached Amarillo College to the 1935 state junior college title and coached Altus and Shawnee high schools to state titles in Oklahoma.

Nicklaus served on the Amarillo city commission for six years and filled an unexpired term on the Amarillo Hospital board of directors.

Nicklaus died in 1991 at age 87.