June 20, 2011
FORT WORTH—Rebecca Allison, Johnny Collins, Bill Shelton Curtis, Tory Plunkett, Tracy Simien and Shawn Worthen will comprise the 43rd class set for induction into the TCU Lettermen’s Association Hall of Fame. The group will be honored in a formal ceremony and banquet at TCU’s Brown-Lupton University Union on September 15, 2011.
“We are extremely excited to announce another great Hall of Fame Class,” said Alan Teichelman, TCU Lettermen's Association President. “These highly-decorated athletes are true ambassadors for TCU on and off the field.”
Rebecca Allison (Women’s Track and Field - 1984-88) — Rebecca Allison was a two-time All-American in the 1,500 meters, where she finished fourth at both the 1986 and 1987 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Allison still owns school records in both the indoor and outdoor 800 as well as the 1,500 meters and mile run. In the 800, Allison set both the top indoor time of 2:10.69 and the top outdoor time of 2:05.48 in 1986.
In the 1,500 meters, Allison set the record in 1987 with a time of 4:14.85. In the mile run, Allison posted a record time of 4:47.49 in 1986.
Johnny Collins (Men’s Track & Field - 1997-2000) — Johnny L. Collins II made a name for himself as both an outstanding leader and as the Western Athletic Conferenceʼs top quarter-miler. His duties included the open quarter and as anchor leg for the prolific 4x400 meter relay team during his four-year collegiate career.
Collins was an outstanding dual sport athlete before stepping foot on the TCU campus. He played football and ran track at Fort Worthʼs Wyatt High School. He made an immediate impact for the Flyinʼ Frogs when he ran the anchor leg on TCUʼs 4x400 meter relay unit in both the indoor and outdoor seasons as a true freshman.
Collins was awarded many honors before his Horned Frog career was over. He won back-to-back WAC Outdoor 400-meter titles, was on seven WAC championship relay teams, earned all-America honors all four years and anchored the Frogsʼ 4x400 relay unit to the 2000 NCAA Indoor Title. He also established the WAC 400-meter dash record with a time of 46.26.
Bill Shelton Curtis (Men’s Track & Field/Football - 1954-56) — Bill Curtis was a two-sport athlete for TCU during his college career, competing in both track and field and football. A standout hurdler who won the 120-yard high hurdles at both the 1954 and 1956 Southwest Conference Championships, Curtis later ran at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where he qualified for the finals of the 110-meter hurdles.
Following his TCU career, Curtis was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 332nd pick in the 1957 NFL Draft. He later became a teacher and school administrator, as well as a successful football and track and field coach for several DFW area schools.
Curtis passed away in 2008.
Tory Plunkett (Women’s Tennis - 1987-89) — Tory Plunkett is one of nine All-Americans to pass through the TCU women's tennis program all-time. Plunkett partnered with TCU Hall of Famer Rene Simpson in 1988 to earn ITCA Doubles All-American honors. Simpson was inducted into the TCU Hall of Fame in 2009.
In 1988, Plunkett and Simpson finished the season ranked as the ninth-best doubles duo in the country, with Plunkett was the No. 80-ranked singles player in the nation. In 1989, Plunkett joined Margot van Overloop to make up the nation's No. 21-doubles tandem. Plunkett is tied for 10th on TCU's single-season doubles victory list and tied for sixth for combined singles and doubles wins in a season.
She also was named to the All-SWC singles team in 1988, the All-SWC doubles team in 1988 and 1989 and played professionally for seven years on U.S. and overseas circuits.
Tracy Simien (Football - 1985-88) — Tracy Simien was a standout lineman who played on both sides of the football during his TCU career before going on to a lengthy stint in the NFL. After playing on the offensive line as a Frog freshman, Simien moved to the defensive line for his final three seasons, including two stellar seasons at defensive end. Simien finished his TCU career with 193 total tackles, including 32 for loss with 12.5 sacks. The Sweeny, Texas, native led the Frogs with 15 tackles for loss and four sacks as a senior.
Despite going undrafted in the 1989 NFL Draft, Simien worked his way into the NFL, where he played nine seasons as a run-stopping middle linebacker for Kansas City, Pittsburgh and San Diego, including seven seasons with the Chiefs. He logged 89 career starts overall prior to his retirement following the 1999 season, totaling 477 career tackles. Simien played on three AFC West Division Champion squads with Kansas City.
Following his playing career, Simien spent three seasons as an assistant coach in the NFL and NFL Europe.
Shawn Worthen (Football - 1997-2000) — Shawn Worthen, a three-year all-conference selection as a Horned Frog, became one of the nation’s top defensive linemen prior to moving on to a four-year NFL career. He served as a stout, run-stopping defensive tackle for a 2000 TCU defensive line that saw three of four starters go on to play professionally.
A native of San Antonio, Worthen started 35 games while helping TCU begin its current run of 12 bowl appearances in the past 13 years. He was named a third-team All-American as a senior in 2000, when the Frogs led the nation in both total defense and scoring defense. He recorded 53 tackles that season, including 13 behind the line of scrimmage, and concluded his TCU career with 132 total stops and 32 for loss.
Following his TCU career, Worthen was taken in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by Minnesota. He played four pro seasons with the Vikings and Houston Texans before returning to TCU, where he served as an Assistant Director of Academic Services from 2005 to 2010.