LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The fifth annual Lufkin Pro Day banquet honored three graduates of Angelina County high schools for their success in professional sports.
This year's honorees were Scotty Bailess who played volleyball at SFA then went on to be a volleyball pioneer.
Bruce Alexander played football at Lufkin High School, SFA then went pro playing with the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins.
Coach Guy Davis was also honored. He coached basketball at Angelina College.
All three honorees say they were so excited to be nominated and acknowledged for their success by the Lufkin Pro Day Group.
"It was great fun. I played in the 50s and I was actually a volleyball pioneer and we played in the 1955 Pan Am Games in Mexico City and that paved the way for volleyball to be in the Olympics finally in 1964," said Scotty Bailess.
"It gives a change for other people to see us and get to know the people that come through you know because a lot of the people that I'm meeting tonight, the other nominees, I really didn't know a lot about and it's a neat thing to get to know them and understand their lives and how they came through and were successful," said Bruce Alexander.
"I said what you've made a mistake and he said no we didn't and I said I have to pinch myself to make sure it's true and it's a great honor but I couldn't believe they bothered to do it for me," said Guy Davis.
Every year people who grew up in Angelina County are chosen and honored by the Lufkin Pro Day Group in hopes of providing current and future generations with outstanding examples of those who have achieved success in their professional sports careers through hard work.