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12/26/08- Rusk

Freedom Fighters: Jim Swink

Jim Swink's exploits on the football field are legend. A 1955 All American at TCU and runner up for the Heisman, Swink, "The Rusk Rambler", is enshrined in all the major football halls of fame. Recently, he was chosen to receive the "Doak Walker Legends Award."

After graduation from TCU, Swink gave up a lucrative NFL contract to enter medical school. But by 1965, he was in Vietnam, where he served in a MASH Unit on the battlefield. Swink was awarded a Bronze Star, Air Medal and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam. After 37 years as an Orthopedic Surgeon, Swink suffered a stroke in April of 2006. With his usual determination, Swink has made his way back and plans to return to medicine.

Jim Swink...from the football field to the field of life, a real All-American Hero and Legend.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting joanhallmark@kltv.com

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