LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Nearly six months after John Outlaw's sudden death the Lufkin ISD school board voted Thursday and approved a proposal of a permanent memorial. The board passed the decision to rename the football stadium, John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium in memory of the long time Panther football coach.
Many different proposals from community members have been discussed, and this one already has the approval of many in the Panther nation.
"I think it is a great idea," said Todd Quick, the Panthers head coach and long time Outlaw assistant. "It started back many months ago with many ideas, but we didn't want to take down any names that are already on the stadiums or facilities, and this is a great tribute."
Quick also mentioned how Outlaw had stressed the importance of winning at home.
"It was always important to protect the home turf," said Quick. "That is where success starts."
Dating back to the 2000 football season Outlaw's Panthers were 56-6 at Abe Martin Stadium. Starting in 2012 they could be looking forward to keeping John Outlaw Memorial Field undefeated.