Digging Dirt

Friends celebrate Winston's moment

Posted: February 28, 2014 at 3:05 a.m.

Former University of Arkansas football player Dennis Winston at the Washington County Historical Society in 2012. Winston and other former Razorbacks spoke about their experiences being among the first black players to play at the University of Arkansas.

The 11th and final in a series previewing members of the 2014 class who will be inducted tonight into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Dennis Winston was a trailblazer at Arkansas.

Dennis Winston At a Glance

AGE 58 (born Oct. 25, 1955)

FAMILY Son Dennis Jr. (40) and daughter Bianca (32)

POSITION Defensive line coach, Eastern Illinois

HOMETOWN Forrest City


COLLEGE Arkansas (1973-1976)

PRO CAREER Pittsburgh Steelers (1977-1981, 1985-1987), New Orleans Saints (1982-1984)

COACHING RESUME Grove City (Pa.) College 1988-1989, Arkansas State 1990-1991, Grambling State 1992-1994, Norfolk State 1995, Grambling State 1995-1996, Arkansas 1997, Port Arthur (Texas) Lincoln High 1998-1999, Kentucky State 2000, Toledo 2001-2004, Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) 2005-2007, Mississippi Valley State 2008-2009, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2010-2012, Grambling State, 2013

NOTEWORTHY Nicknamed “Dirty Dennis” at Arkansas and it soon evolved into “Dirt.” … Selected to Arkansas’ All-Century team in 1994. … Part of 1975 Southwest Conference champion and Cotton Bowl champion Razorbacks. … Taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fifth round of the 1977 draft. … Won two Super Bowl titles with Pittsburgh.

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