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Newton's UM alumni tout Hindmans

By By Tony Krausz / assistant sports editor
June 10, 2003
DECATUR A sea of blue and red mixed in nicely with the gold and yellow of the East Central Community College cafeteria Monday evening.
The Newton County Ole Miss celebration invaded the junior college eatery to support the university in Oxford and honor two football greats from Newton's past.
Along with a silent auction for various Rebels paraphanilia, a raffle to win a football helmet autographed by football coach David Cutcliffe, the handing out of scholarships and featured guest Ole Miss head men's basketball coach Rod Barnes, the evening recognized the grid iron accomplishments of two brothers, Stan and Dr. Steve Hindman.
Stan graduated from Newton, where he played on the offensive and defensive line, in 1962, and he went on to play right guard for Ole Miss from 1963-65.
The elder of the two Hindmans went on to play defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, after being selected with the 11th pick in the 1966 draft.
Steve graduated from Newton in 1965, and he played running back on the Tigers.
He followed in his brothers footsteps onto the Ole Miss team playing in the Rebels' backfield, as tailback, from 1966-68.
Stan, who is an architect in Oakland, was unable to make it back to the Magnolia State for the evening to celebrate Ole Miss and his and his brothers football history.
But the older brother was not forgotten.
Lucas said one of his favorite
ories of Stan on the football field came against LSU.
Stan chased down Tigers running back Joe Labruzzo, after the LSU back broke off for a 65-yard run, to tackle him around the five-yard line.
Ole Miss than held LSU out of the end zone, with Stan getting in on three of the goal-line stance's tackles.
Steve, who is a cardiologist in Jackson, was able to attend the evening's affair, though the alumni gatherings are not something he comes to often because of his busy schedule.
The running back talked fondly of his playing days at both Newton and Ole Miss.
Steve said one of his favorite games in high school came in his junior year.
The Tigers clashed with Macon on a rain-drenched field to capture the Choctaw Conference title that year.
The Ole Miss tailback, who at one time held the NCAA record for most carries in a game, rattled off a number of memorable moments when he was a Rebel.
Steve talked about catching a pass from Archie Manning in a game against LSU in his senior season, and Ole Miss defeating Georgia in Jackson in his junior year, when the Bulldogs where ranked No. 1 and No. 3 in the two national polls.
He also talked about his final game in the 1968 Liberty Bowl, which Ole Miss won 34-17 against Virginia Tech.
Hindman broke off a 79-yard touchdown run in the game, and he received most valuable player award in the game.