LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Jerry Daniels says during his senior season at Long Beach he believed that he would continue his football career in Starkville after his high school days ended....that is until some of his Long Beach High School coaches persuaded him to sign with that other school.
"They said Jerry, you want to go to Ole Miss, that where we want you to go, "stated Daniels. "I said well I didn't think there was any school in the state other then Mississippi State. I went to both places and I made my mind up and that's where I went to Ole Miss."
At Long Beach, Daniels excelled at fullback and defensive end and scored 198 points in his senior season helping lead the Bearcats to a 10 and 1 record.
Daniels said he learned to run like the wind when he had to round-up cows that had wandered off his dad's cow pasture.
He said, "I had to cross a canal and there were big moccasins in there and every time I hit that canal I didn't leave my foot down too long because I knew there were moccasins in there and you know you didn't want to hang around with them, "stated Daniels. "And that's where I learned to run right there."
Daniels played in the North-South All-Star high school football game in Jackson as a senior. In that game, Daniels hauled-in three touchdown passes and won the Bill Stewart Award, recognizing his attitude, character and conduct on and off the field.
Daniels said, "That was one of the best awards that you could get."
Daniels went on to play tight end and defensive end at Ole Miss and was on the 1959 National Championship team. Saturday at high noon on WLOX-CBS he'll talk about his days under coach Johnny Vaught on our 30-minute Egg Bowl Special...A Golden Journey.